Leader of the Democratic Party minority in the US House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi y Bruno Rodriguez in Havana.  Photo: cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met on Wednesday with Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Party leader in the US Congress, who arrived on the island heading a nine-member delegation, reported dpa.

Rodriguez and Pelosi “discussed the recent bilateral dialogue to restore diplomatic relations” between the two countries, said the official Cubadebate website, which published pictures of the meeting in the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Pelosi arrived in Havana on Tuesday at the head of a group of nine Democratic congress persons. This is the first official delegation of the House of Representatives that reaches Cuba after historic announcement of December 17.

Cuba and the United States announced late last year, unexpectedly, the decision to resume diplomatic relations after more than half a century of rupture and ideological hostilities.

“This delegation travels to Cuba on a friendly mission to build on the announcement of the normalization of US relations (with Cuba),” said the legislators in a statement.

The group also plans to meet with representatives of civil society including the archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, among others.

On Monday, a group of three Democratic senators left the island after a visit of several days. They advocated a greater trade relationship between the two countries.

After the diplomatic rapprochement announced in December, several congressmen and senators of the Democratic Party and some Republicans have visited the island to advocate for the process and get to know the situation in Cuba first hand.

The announcement that the two former enemies would resume diplomatic relations, broken off by the US in 1961, caused a sensation in the world.

Cuba and the United States held a first round of talks in January to draw the roadmap that should lead to the reopening of embassies in their respective countries. A second round of talks is set for February 27 in Washington.

12 thoughts on “Cuban FM Meets with Nancy Pelosi

  • Obama’s foreign policy record is a work in progress, Given the shitty hand he was dealt by Bush II, he has had an uphill battle since he came to the White House. I put ‘Honey Trap’ in quotes for exactly the reason you pointed out. While I admit I may be dreaming, I am hopeful that despite the poor preparation of our chief negotiator, America has less to lose should a bad deal get struck. Put another way, Cuba is going to remain a poor, third world country for a long time despite all the new tourists and their bank cards. On the other hand, the US is on track to be energy-independent regardless of what deal we have with Cuba.

  • Nancy’s advance team identified where to get the best cigars and where the nicest paladars are.

    Obama’s foreign policy record so far has been nothing short of disaster. I can’t imagine he will suddenly get it right with Cuba. His lead negotiator, Rebeca Jacobson, was unfamiliar with the conditions stipulated in Helms-Burton. We can conclude therefore, that pushing those conditions is not a priority. Obama’s order to Jacobson is to get a deal. He doesn’t much care what’s in the deal, just so long as he gets one. So yeah, you’re dreaming.

    The “honey trap” is traditionally a technique used by intelligence agencies to trap a target in a sexual tryst (with a specially trained agent), and then use the secretly recorded film of the encounter to blackmail their victim. The Soviets & the Cubans are masters at that game. Given the long history of lefty US politicians who have made pilgrimages to Cuba over the years, it would surprise me if the DGI doesn’t have a nice collectors editions boxed set of videos featuring Bill Blasio, Dick Durban, Charles Rangel, Jeff Flake, and whoever else passed through Havana to kiss Fidel’s hand. For decency sake, let’s hope Nancy isn’t in that boxed set. But you’re dreaming still if you think she’s pushing for human rights in Cuba.

  • Two important historical notes:

    1. The role of the mafia in Cuba was much smaller than the popular accounts you base your ideas on.
    2. The mafia that was in Cuba is dead. So is Batista. It’s well past time to drop that boogeyman.

    Diaz-Canel might hold a figurehead role after Raul retires, but with Raul Castro’s son Alejandro Castro-Espin as the head of the State Security apparatus of the Ministry of the Interior, the real power in Cuba will remain in the Castro clan. A transition to democracy is not on their agenda.

  • She is probably the most independent Congressperson in Washington. She comes from a SUPER safe district, is married to a very wealthy man and is the former House Speaker with no aspirations for higher office. They don’t come any more independent than that.

  • Being on the same page is scant motivation but I will tell you that NO thinking Cubans believe Diaz-Canel will succeed Raulito. He is a PLACEHOLDER. The next President of Cuba must be approved by the military oligarchy and Diaz-Canel is not from that side of the field. Where we do agree is that Cubans do indeed deserve the chance to have open multiparty elections without foreign interference. But it would appear that even here. somehow by chance or maybe magic, the dictatorship will simply go away. There is no historical support for this notion. Dictatorships hold on to power for as long as they can and are supplanted by force. Finally, there is NO reason to believe that Miami will dictate policy in a democratic Cuba. On the contrary, once free, it is more likely that ‘Miami’ will repatriate itself to Cuba. In that case, it will be Cuba (formerly of Miami) doing the dictating.

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