HAVANA, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Democratic Congressman James McGovern on Tuesday urged the U.S. government to normalize relations with Cuba and called on President Barack Obama to change its policy toward the island country.
"I cannot imagine that there is any reason in the world why the United States and Cuba cannot have normal relations ," McGovern told reporters in Havana.
The Massachusetts Democrat, along with a delegation of the U.S. Finca Vigia Foundation, traveled to the island to renew an agreement with the Council of Cultural Heritage of Cuba to preserve the legacy of the American writer Ernest Hemingway in the Caribbean nation.
He visited Hemingway's former home, Finca Vigia, outside the Cuban capital, which now houses a museum.
"I keep urging President Obama to change policy," said McGovern, adding that the U.S. government should remove travel restrictions and begin to normalize trade relations between the two countries.
He said Cuba should be removed from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, "because in reality there are no reasons to be listed there."
He also considered it important to resolve the cases of three Cuban political prisoners detained in the United States.
Cuba and the United States severed diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago, and have maintained interests offices in each other's capital since 1977.