Raul Castro Receives US Congressmen

President Raul Castro has received here a delegation from the United States Congress, led by Democrat Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, and Republican Senator from Mississippi, Thad Cochran.

The northern delegation was also comprised of Democratic Senators Thomas Udall (New Mexico) and Michael Bennett (Colorado), Democratic Representatives James McGovern and Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) as well as Charge d'Affaires a.i. Jeffrey DeLaurentis.

During the meeting held yesterday, Raul Castro and the congressmen discussed issues of interest to both countries.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez; Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca; and the general director of the United States Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Josefina Vidal, participated on the Cuban side.

The congressional delegation had been previously received by Ministers Rodriguez and Malmierca, as well as Agriculture Minister, Gustavo Rodriguez.

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President Raul Castro Attends Cuban Parliament Plenary Session

Cuban President, Raul Castro, is attending today the Plenary Session of the Fifth Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Parliament Eighth Legislature, at the Convention Center of this capital.

After three intensive working days by commissions, legislators have discussed important problems of the Caribbean island's reality.

They monitored the population's statements in their neighborhood meetings of the delegates with voters, and their corresponding responses in each district of the country.

The sessions also included a joint analyzis on the supervision and control of the production of construction materials, housing and credits to the population.

The Parliament assessed the issues related to the behavior of the plan of the economy in the first half of 2015, and the report on the 2014 budget settlement.

A special moment of debates occurred in the International Relations Committee, where participants confirmed that Cuba will continue defending the just causes in the world, but the struggle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States is a priority.

Now the fight against this policy already exceeding 50 years is in first level, the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Kenia Serrano, said.

We need for this stage to have a more effective work through international solidarity, which in addition to plan it against the blockade we can offer support spreading the truth about the Caribbean island, a especially achievements on human rights.

Friends of the Caribbean nation can also report the subversive plans implemented by the United States, said Serrano.

In the debate on the economic blockade, the legislators agreed in using similar initiatives carried out during the struggle for the return of the five Cubans who were held in U.S. prisons for fighting terrorism since 1998.

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