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Democratic Lawmakers Visit Havana, Meet with Cuban President

(L-R) Troy Anthony Carter (D-LA), James Patrick McGovern (D-MA), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) visiting communist Cuba’s National Assembly – Source: Cuba’s National Assembly’s Twitter.
(L-R) Troy Anthony Carter (D-LA), James Patrick McGovern (D-MA), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) visiting communist Cuba’s National Assembly – Source: Cuba’s National Assembly’s Twitter.

A delegation of at least three U.S. lawmakers visited Havana and met with Cuba’s government this week, American and Cuban officials confirmed.

Reps. James McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Troy Carter (D-LA) met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, leaders in Cuba’s congress and its foreign minister, the U.S. Embassy in Cuba told The Associated Press on Sunday.

It’s one of just a handful of such visits to the island in recent decades. While officials provided few details about what was discussed, Díaz-Canel and Cuba’s Congress tweeted photos of the meetings.

One photo shows Rep. McGovern shaking hands with the Cuban leader and another shows the politicians meeting with other Cuban officials.

“We addressed our differences and topics of shared interest. We affirmed our willingness to improve bilateral relations,” tweeted Díaz-Canel Saturday, also noting he expressed the importance of ending the U.S. government’s six-decade trade embargo on the island.

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