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Oakland Mayor Visits Cuba

August 3, 2000

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Mayor Jerry Brown says his weeklong trip to Cuba will pay off if the United States ends its trade embargo of the communist country.

``Oakland has a chance to be in there first,″ Brown said Tuesday. ``We’re not talking too long before this whole market opens up.″

Brown met twice with Cuban President Fidel Castro during his visit last week. He said Castro stressed his desire for trade with the United States and California in particular.

He also worked on a sister city agreement with the Cuban city of Santiago de Cuba, birthplace of the Cuban revolution.

Congress voted two weeks ago to relax the embargo on food and medicine and travel to Cuba, but the measures were dropped last week.

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