Texas Governor Greg Abbott will be next US governor to visit Cuba

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, center right, listens to farmers tell him about their old tractors during his visit to the Guira De Melenas cooperative organic farm in Guira De Melenas, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Vilsack is on a four-day visit to Cuba to try to boost agricultural trade. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is heading to Cuba in the wake of a relaxed U.S. trade embargo with the country.

The Republican said Tuesday that Texas can economically "capitalize" on a new relationship between the two nations. He is scheduled to arrive in Havana on Monday and stay for three days.

Abbott is not the first U.S. governor to make the trip since the former Cold War foes reopened embassies in their respective countries in July. Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson went in September, joined by officials from Tyson Foods and other private companies.

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also visited Cuba earlier this year.

Abbott will be joined by Texas business and economic leaders. It will be his second international trip after visiting Mexico in September.

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