Washington, DC- The Cuba Study Group issued the following statement today on news of President Obama’s announcement that an agreement has been reached with the Government of Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations which were severed on January 3, 1961:

“Today’s announcement regarding the normalization of diplomatic relations represents an important step in the long road toward fully normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba. It is further evidence that engagement rather than isolation is the best way to advance U.S. interests and the interests of the Cuban people.

“We are pleased that both governments have taken steps to resolve a number of challenging issues in order to reach this point. While there are still many issues to be resolved in the full normalization of relations between the two countries and its peoples, today’s announcement gives us another reason to be optimistic.

“This process of reconciliation will require the participation of various actors including civil society in both countries. We call on the U.S. and Cuba to take all necessary steps to facilitate the free and unfettered flow of people, information and resources between our two countries.”

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