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Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba´s Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, reaffirmed that the economic, commercial and financial blockade, imposed by United States on Cuba, is one of the main obstacles for the normalization of relations between both countries.
When receiving Phil Bryant, governor of the US state of Mississippi, who is visiting Havana with a group of businessmen, Malmierca referred to the rapprochement between the two nations from December 2014; however, he stressed that such an unjust policy hinders ties.
Much has been done since then but the most important thing has not been achieved, which is to eliminate the blockade, which not only affects the relations of Cuba and the United States, but also those of the Caribbean island and other countries, he emphasized.
The minister also commented that US authorities, entrepreneurs and personalities have spoken out against the inhuman economic siege, applied for over half a century to Cuba.
At the meeting, Bryant expressed the interest of the state of Mississippi to expand with the Caribbean country the ties in the commerce sector, which he described as "very important."
After thanking the warm welcome on the Island, where he had a "lovely day," the governor said that he also met with Jeffrey De Laurentis, charge d'affaires of the US Embassy in Havana.
The delegation includes representatives of companies in the sectors of agriculture, energy, food, tourism and port; and will visit today the Mariel Special Development Zone and will hold exchanges with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In February, Cuba's port authorities and the state of Mississippi signed two Memorandums of Understanding, as part of a forum held in Havana to explore business opportunities despite restrictions of the US blockade on the Caribbean island.

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