The governor of the US state of Maine, John Baldacci, has signed a multi-million dollar trade deal with Cuba's state-run food agency Alimport. Under the deal, Alimport will buy Maine products worth $20m (£11.3m) by July 2007, including seed potatoes, fish and dairy cattle. Mr Baldacci is due to meet Cuban President Fidel Castro later on Monday.
Food sales on a cash basis to Cuba are legal under a federal law from 2000 - an exception to the US trade embargo. In 2001, Maine was the first US state to pass a resolution calling for a complete end to the trade and travel ban against the Caribbean nation.
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