US Rep. McGovern: Castro’s death a chance for reconciliation

Fidel Castro

BOSTON (AP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is marking Fidel Castro’s death by calling for the removal of all restrictions between the United States and its southern neighbor.

The Massachusetts Democrat has long pushed to normalize U.S. and Cuba relations.

He joined President Barack Obama when he traveled to Cuba earlier this year and joined Secretary of State John Kerry in Havana in 2015 for the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy.

McGovern on Saturday called the death of Castro an end of an era for Cuba, the U.S. and the world.

He said in his meetings with the Cuban leader he expressed strong disagreements on human rights and pushed for reforms, but also recognized Cuba’s efforts to expand education and health care.

McGovern said now’s the time for the two countries to find common ground.

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