Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The White House, Washington

Dear Jeffrey:
Thank you for writing.  The best way to advance our Nation’s interests and values is through open engagement rather than isolation.  That is why after more than half a century, the United States is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba and working toward normalizing relations between our two countries.
Decades of isolation have failed to produce meaningful change, and by charting a new course, my Administration is reaffirming our commitment to promoting the emergence of a more prosperous Cuba that respects the universal rights of all its citizens.  To achieve this, the United States is taking steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information to and from Cuba.  We will also reestablish diplomatic relations with the Cuban Government, including opening an embassy in Havana.  Nobody represents America’s values better than the American people, and I believe this contact will ultimately serve to empower the Cuban people.  Additionally, I instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.  After a careful review of Cuba’s record that was guided by the facts and the law, he recommended rescinding that designation, and I have notified Congress of the Administration’s intent to do so.
Again, thank you for writing.  We must create more opportunities and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.  By choosing to cut loose the shackles of the past, we can reach for a brighter future—for the Cuban people, for the American people, and for the world our children will inherit. .
Barack Obama