Progress in Cuba-US Relation Must Consolidate, Say Congressmen

Havana, Feb 23.- A delegation from the United States congress visiting Cuba since last Sunday reaffirmed today the willingness of most members of the Capitol to consolidate relations between the United States and the Caribbean nation.

The delegation, chaired by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy and Republican Representative for Mississippi Thad Cochran, also involves the blue party senators Thomas Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennett of Colorado and Democratic representatives James McGovern and Seth Moulton, both from Massachusetts.

We must work on improving bilateral ties, for the good of future generations, because that is the desire of the business sector, the scientific community, farmers and other sectors of the U.S. society, Leahy said.

We have to go ahead, as the Cuban government and people want it, and as we could see once again in the contacts held by the delegation in recent days, added the legislator for Vermont at a press conference at the U.S. embassy in this capital.

According to Leahy, ‘the embargo (blockade) and the prohibition for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba will be lifted, that is for sure, and the sooner the better, but it is difficult to predict when as there are still many obstacles.’

Cuban President Raúl Castro welcomed the delegation of congressmen, who also held meetings with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca and Gustavo Rodríguez, Minister of Agriculture.

Cuba and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations in July 2015, broken by Washington more than half a century ago. The senctions of interests were turned into the embassy which is operating in the respective capitals, after which both parties signed agreements in various sectors.

However, the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba since 1962 is the main obstacle in the road towards the normalization of the nexuses between both neighboring nations, according to the authorities of the island. (Prensa Latina)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, February 23, 2017

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