- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico coalition of advocates and business leaders has launched a bipartisan council aimed at promoting trade with Cuba.

The Engage Cuba New Mexico State Council, made up of agriculture, energy and American Indian representatives, wants to lift travel and trade restrictions on the communist island amid opening relations with the U.S.

Engage Cuba president James Williams says potential trade with Cuba would provide exciting opportunities for New Mexico’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

Among the members of the council are Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce President Alex Romero and Picuris Pueblo Gov. Gary Pyne.

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