US lawmakers in Cuba to push for release of Gross

ByJTA
February 20, 2013 10:14

A US congressional delegation arrived in Cuba this week to press for the release of imprisoned American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross.

Seven lawmakers led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) arrived in Cuba on Monday for a three-day visit, according to Reuters.



The delegation plans to meet with Gross, as well as parliament president Ricardo Alarcon, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and possibly President Raul Castro.

Leahy met with Gross one year ago during a visit to the island nation. During a meeting that same day with Castro, the president brought up the case of five Cuban agents serving long jail terms in the United States. Cuba has linked Gross' release to the fate of the so-called Cuban Five, according to reports.

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