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‘Cuba thaw will continue despite Trump threats’

Hava, Feb 23: A bipartisan delegation of US congressmen expressed their support for thawing ties between Washington and Hava despite recent threats by US President Dold Trump to revert the historic opening. In a press conference on Wednesday, before ending a three-day trip to the island, the delegation of setors and representatives said that, over the last two years, both tions had made progress in numerous areas and that there was “overwhelming” support in both countries to deepen the ties, Xinhua news agency reported.

“I have no idea what Dold Trump will do in regards to policy towards Cuba and we hope that he agrees that engagement is much better than isolation. I’m certain he can’t go back to the past because too many accomplishments have been achieved,” said Jim McGovern, a Democrat congressman from Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, Patrick Leahy, the Democratic setor from Vermont, said the trip showed that there was bipartisan support in Congress to continue the policy started by former President Barack Obama and to move forward with initiatives to end the economic embargo on the island.

“I would not be here today if I didn’t think that continuation and progress is inevitable. It might not be the smoothest of paths but it will continue,” added Leahy. The delegation, also composed of Democrat setors Thomas Udall and Michael Bennet as well as Republican setor Thad Cochran, met with several Cuban officials, including President Raul Castro. (IANS)