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A delegation of the Conference of U.S. Mayors visiting Cuba expressed its willingness to contribute to the improvement of relations between the two countries and called for the lifting of the embargo on the island.
On behalf of the Conference of Mayors, an organization representing nearly 1,500 U.S. cities, Rawlings-Blake thanked Cubans for their hospitality, adding that she was impressed by the wide representation of women in Parliament.
Mitchell J. Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans and second Vice-president of the organization, referred to the cultural ties uniting the two peoples, and expressed his willingness carry to his country the message of Cuba on the elimination of the unilateral siege.
As part of its work program in the Caribbean nation, the delegation will visit the Mariel Special Development Zone and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
This is the first delegation of the U.S. Conference of Mayors traveling to Cuba since 1978, when 40 members of this organization came to Havana on an official visit after the triumph of the Revolution.


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