Diaz-Canel talks with U.S. Congressman James McGovern

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel spoke Saturday with U.S. Congressman James McGovern (D-Massachusetts) about relations between the two countries, reported Prensa Latina.

In his Twitter account, Chancellor Bruno Rodriguez announced the meeting, in which the president and the member of the House of Representatives also discussed “other issues of common interest.

McGovern is paying a working visit to the Island, which includes talks with officials and students, as well as a follow-up to the project to restore the Vigía Farm, where U.S. writer and Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway lived for several years.

His stay is framed in a complex context for bilateral relations, starting with the escalation of hostility against Cuba by the White House administration headed by President Donald Trump, which is betting on tightening the economic blockade that has been in place for almost 60 years.

The day before, in statements to Prensa Latina, the Democratic congressman and chairman of the House Rules Committee defended the rapprochement between Havana and Washington, of which, he said, he is a strong promoter.

“The United States should lift the embargo (“blockade”) and travel restrictions on Americans,” he said.

According to McGovern, most people in his country believe in normal relations between the two nations.

The Trump administration doesn’t think alike, but I don’t share their position, said the representative from Massachusetts, who also called for the annulment of the Helms-Burton Act, an initiative in force since 1996 that seeks regime change on the Island through instruments such as economic asphyxiation.

(Taken from PL in Spanish)

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