Two United States senators, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall, met with jailed American contractor Alan Gross in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday.
Gross told the two senators that he "wants to go home," Sens. Flake and Udall told NBC News.
They said their meeting lasted about two hours, and the conversation with Gross was "positive." Both said they plan to talk with Cuban authorities about negotiating for his release.
Gross has been held in a Cuban prison on a 15-year sentence for allegedly bringing communications equipment into Cuba while he worked as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2011.
Gross, 65, has served four years of his 15-year prison sentence. His family has said he has lost more than 100 pounds and suffers from chronic pain, and that his mental health is also deteriorating.