Pelosi Leads Democratic Delegation to Cuba

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leading a Congressional delegation to Cuba on Tuesday, two months after President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would restore diplomatic relations with the island nation.

"This delegation travels to Cuba in friendship and to build upon the announcement of U.S. normalization of relations and other initiatives announced by President Obama," Pelosi said in a statement. "This delegation will work to advance the U.S.-Cuba relationship and build on the work done by many in the Congress over the years, especially with respect to agriculture and trade."

Eight other Democrats are joining Pelosi on the trip. The delegation will meet with Cuban government officials, local leaders, and American officials at the U.S. Interests Section, according to Pelosi’s office. They also plan to meet with Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, the archbishop of Havana.

The president has said he has no current plans to visit Cuba, but did not rule out the possibility of visiting before he leaves office.

-- Alex Moe and Andrew Rafferty