Steps to full US-Cuba relations nearly complete, says US delegation
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Steps to full US-Cuba relations nearly complete, says US delegation

A U.S. senator leading a delegation to Cuba predicts the two countries are just weeks away from full diplomatic relations.

Sen. Tom Udall says the steps toward full relations that began with the historic detente announced Dec. 17 are nearly complete.

Udall also says “bipartisan support is building” in the U.S. Congress for removing at least elements of the embargo that has blocked commerce with Cuba for five decades. Members of Congress in both parties now support eliminating at least some elements of the embargo.

The New Mexico Democrat led a four-member delegation to Cuba. It included Minnesota Sen. Al Franken along with Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Rep. John Larson of Connecticut.

They spoke to reporters Wednesday after meeting with Cuban officials and small business owners.

See also: US and Cuban officials appear close to agreement on re-establishing embassies

Associated Press