Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, Senate Subcommittee On The State Department And Foreign Operations) On The Opening Of The Embassy Of Cuba In Washington

“This is a new phase for our relations with the Cuban people.  We will now have our best diplomats in Havana representing the American people.

“If we only had embassies in countries whose governments we agree with we would have to close half of our current embassies.  That is not why you have embassies.  It is to protect the interests of the United States and of American citizens and to defend our ideals around the world.”

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