Havana_ Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, expressed himself today in favor of lifting the blockade set by the United States against Cuba and reiterated his interest to foster economic and commercial ties with the island, Prensa Latina publishes.

At the beginning of his working sessions in Havana, McAuliffe held talks with Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (Mincex by its Spanish initials), and he later participated in the opening ceremony of a bilateral business forum.

In the two meetings, McAuliffe said that the blockade hinders the normalization of the decision taken by the two Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro to reestablish diplomatic ties, something that, according to him, opens a new and positive dynamics.

McAuliffe said that despite restrictions, the state of Virginia exports millions USD to Cuba mainly in food products, expressing also his willingness to increase these operations.

McAuliffe deplored that US banks and other institutions prohibit negotiations with Cuba, because this contradicts the rules of commercial operations and affects business with US businesspeople.

According to Malmierca, the Cuban Government appreciates that important politicians from the United States are convinced that normalization of bilateral ties must advance, for which is essential the end of blockade.

Malmierca particularly mentioned the obstacles for trading, because Cuban companies are also banned from selling their products in US territory.

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