US SENATORS backed President Barack Obama’s policy of detente with Cuba on Sunday during a visit to Havana.
Republican Senator Dean Heller said that while he was in opposition to Mr Obama’s government, he supported the president when he was right, as on Cuba.
But the senator for Nevada could not say if the 55-year unilateral US blockade of Cuba would be lifted before the end of Mr Obama’s term of office in January.
Democrat Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate, pointed out that the blockade was a mistake and had achieved nothing.
Mr Leahy, who has visited Cuba three times since Mr Obama’s announcement of relaxed travel restrictions on December 17, said that he has seen a new and very positive change in Cuba.
He added he would like to see all restrictions on travel, air traffic and normal trade between the two countries eliminated.