Ambassador James Costos’ statement on the occasion of President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba

President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba is another step in the process of normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a process which will improve the lives of the Cuban people and open up additional opportunities for engagement, both people-to-people and government.  This will benefit not only Cubans, not only Americans, but also people from other countries – especially those, like Spain, with historical ties to Cuba. In travel, in tourism, in infrastructure, Spanish companies – some already in Cuba – will have new opportunities as the island becomes more accessible. The commercial opening of Cuba has the potential to empower and improve the lives

of Cubans.