The travel restrictions imposed by the United States on Cuba are harshly affecting today a great number of US citizens who are interested in visiting the Caribbean island and learning first-hand about its reality, as stated by the Executive Director of the Interfaith Community Organization (IFCO)-Pastors for Peace, Gail Walker, who recently returned from Cuba.
The most important thing now is to eliminate the travel restrictions which are aimed at putting an end to Cuba-US bilateral relations, and also preventing the American people from learning more about the truth of Cuba for themselves, she stressed.
A Pastors for Peace Caravan visited Cuba in July and we had the privilege, right at the beginning of the visit, to meet with Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, she noted.
We also met with the President of the National Assembly of People´s Power, Juan Esteban Lazo, in addition to various activities and the people-to-people exchanges, Walker pointed out.
It was a really wonderful visit. Many people visited Cuba for the first time, and were impressed, she added.
She recalled that currently, some 160 US citizens are in Cuba as part of the Venceremos Brigade, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The most important thing is to visit Cuba, by whatever means, either through the Venceremos Brigade or a Pastors for Peace Caravan, or through one of the exchange formats, Walker said.
We must strive to end the US restrictions and challenge the Trump administrationÂ´s increasingly aggressive policy, she added.
As in the past, we have already overcome other drawbacks and refusals, and we will continue doing so, stated the IFCO executive director.
Members of the solidarity with Cuba movement, based in New York and New Jersey, are planning to send letters to the US president calling for an end to the new travel restrictions, rejecting the activation of titles III and IV of the Helms-Burton Act, and requesting the end of the US blockade against Cuba.