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Secretary Vilsack for more fluid relationship between Cuba and the U.S.

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The lifting of U.S. sanctions against Cuba is "vital" for a more fluid relationship between the two countries, "as President Barack Obama has repeatedly asked," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack said.

At a press conference in the U.S. embassy in Havana, Vilsack said he will return to his country with the commitment to finding new ways to eliminate the barriers to trade with the island, in order to achieve a more fluid relationship in general and in particular in the agricultural sector.

He said the trade of agricultural products between the two countries should be a two-way relationship.

"It is not just the United States exporting agricultural products to Cuba, but the Cubans must also be able to ship their goods to the U.S. territory," he said.

"The agricultural sector can serve as a bridge in the process towards normalization of ties," he said, adding that he will help ease the constraints and boost a relationship that will benefit consumers and producers of the two countries.

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