Members of US Council of Churches Concludes Visit to Cuba

Havana, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Committee of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCUSA) is ending today a visit to Cuba, where the group hope for an prompt resumption of the restoration of ties between Washington and Havana.

During the three-day stay in the island, the American religious, along with the members of the Council of Churches of Cuba (CIC), discussed issues about the relationships between the United States and the Caribbean nation, a practice that has historically united the two institutions, they said.

They also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches with a special religious service in this capital, and carried out meetings about the NCCUSA internal work.

During a news conference upon their arrival to the island, the Cuban and American religious issued a joint statement, in which they expressed their concern about the drastic staff reduction at the U.S. embassy in Havana.

They also said that the measure by the Washington administration damages the Cuban families and hinders people-to-people exchange between the two countries.

CIC President, Reverend Antonio Santana, also ratified the organizations’ willingness to continue the work for the restoration of the normalization of relations between the two nations, started in December 2014 by the then Cuban President, Raul Castro, and former U.S. Head of State, Barack Obama.

NCCUSA executive secretary, Jim Winkler, lamented the impasse of the bilateral talks caused by the policy of the current U.S. President, Donald Trump, but hope for an early resumption.

The NCCUSA covers more than 100,000 local congregations with around 40 million Christian and Protestant believers.

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