NEW YORK.— The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, held a meeting with members of the U.S. Congress this Monday afternoon at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations.
In the presence of Democrat and Republican senators and representatives, the Cuban President reiterated Cuba’s will to promote the progress of bilateral relations with the United States, and to take advantage of the potential of cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
He noted that the recent setback in relations, and in particular the blockade, harm the interests of both peoples and pose further obstacles to the economic development to which Cuba is entitled.
He also thanked those present for their efforts to facilitate a climate of rapprochement; and invited them to continue working in favor of that process.
Díaz-Canel referred to the current political priorities in Cuba, especially the constitutional reform process that is being carried out with the broad participation of the population, and with a view to updating the country politically and legally.
At the end of the meeting, the Congress members commented to Cuban reporters their interest in strengthening the commercial ties between the two countries, especially in the field of agriculture.
They expressed opposition to the travel restrictions that the U.S. government applies against the island, noting that Cuba is a very safe country.
They were also emphatic in criticizing the economic, commercial and financial blockade.