Cuba Rejects Statements by Spanish Foreign Minister

HAVANA TIMES, May 8 — “Intrusive and disrespectful” was how Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodriguez described comments made on Sunday by Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, reported the ABC news network.

Garcia-Margallo said that he wouldn’t go to the island if he couldn’t meet with the Ladies in White and other dissidents, comments that were considered “even a little naive” by the island’s deputy minister of Foreign Affairs.

Since the stepping down of former Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, from the Zapatero administration, Cuban authorities have lost Spain as their principal defender within the European Union. This is why it was possible for them to remind the Iberian diplomat that “no one has invited you” to visit the island.