Havana: This week, at least three U.S. congressmen traveled to Havana to speak with the Cuban leadership, according to American and Cuban authorities.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Cuba on Sunday, Reps. James McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Troy Carter (D-LA) met with Cuban President Miguel Daz-Canel, members of Cuba’s congress, and the country’s foreign minister.
There have just been a few of these excursions to the island as of late.
Although there was little formal information regarding the topics discussed, Dáz-Canel and the Cuban Congress posted pictures of the discussions.
Rep. McGovern can be seen shaking hands with the Cuban president in one shot while lawmakers meet with other Cuban officials in another.
“We discussed our disagreements and our common interests. On Saturday, Dáz-Canel tweeted, “We confirm our commitment to strengthen bilateral relations.
He also stressed the significance of lifting the U.S. government’s six-decade commercial blockade on the island.
The gathering follows many visits by representatives of the Biden administration in recent months to talk about immigration.
As a result of the conversations, tensions that were low under the Obama administration and intensified under the Trump administration gradually began to ease.
Due to escalating political, economic, and energy challenges, Cuba is experiencing its worst exodus in ten years.
Cuban entries at the U.S.-Mexico border have increased dramatically over the past year, and more and more boats carrying migrants are being discovered off the coast of Florida.
After Mexicans crossed the border, Cubans surpassed Venezuelans in October as the second most common nationality.
The most recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection both say Cubans were stopped 28,848 times by American authorities, an increase of 10% over the previous month.
Additionally, it occurred only weeks before the United States intended to restore its previously suspended visa and consular operations on the island following a string of health-related events involving American diplomats in 2017.