US lawmakers call for ending Cuba travel ban

Two key American lawmakers say that Washington should allow its citizens to travel to Cuba to help promote ‘democratic reforms’ in that country.

Veteran Republican Senator Richard Lugar and Democratic Congressman Howard Berman insist that the Cuba travel ban has been obsolete and should be discarded as a foreign policy measure.

Lugar, the top Republican on the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Berman, who chairs the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, noted that legislation to overturn the ban has been introduced in both chambers of the US Congress.

“US law lets American citizens travel to any country on earth, friend or foe, with one exception, Cuba. It’s time for us to scrap this anachronistic ban, imposed during one of the chilliest periods of the Cold War,” said Republican Senator Richard Lugar and Democratic Congressman Howard Berman, a joint statement.

According to Lugar and Berman, the travel ban, imposed in the aftermath of the 1959 Cuban revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, has hurt US efforts to promote ‘democratic reforms’ in the socialist-run island.

“Ending the restrictions would allow US citizens, who serve as ambassadors for the democratic values we hold dear, to visit the island and would help break Havana‘s choke hold on information,” they boasted.

The talk of ‘democratic reforms’ by the two US lawmakers raises suspicions among observers about the true intent of their seemingly positive initiative. They argue that ‘democratic reforms’ previously called by US lawmakers have meant mostly death and destruction in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, and regime change in the case of countries that do not submit to American regional and global interests.

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