US Congressional Delegation Visiting Cuba Meets with Raul Castro

The US congressional delegation meetiung on Februrary 20, 2018 with Cuban president Raul Castro in Havana. Photo: cubadebate.cu

 

HAVANA TIMES – Cuban President Raul Castro, who steps down in April,  received on Tuesday a delegation of US congress members visiting the island to discuss the alleged sonic attacks suffered by US diplomats stationed in Havana, dpa news reported.

The delegation was led by the Democratic Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, one of the greatest supporters in Congress of the policy of rapprochement between Cuba and the United States.

The meeting took place behind closed doors in a protocol room of the Palace of the Revolution. Bruno Rodriguez, the Cuban Foreign Minister, was also present.

During the meeting, they discussed “matters of interest to both countries,” according to the official note read on state television that offered images of the meeting, although it did not give any details of what was discussed. 

The US delegation also included senators Ron Wyden, Oregon and Gary Peters, Michigan, and representatives Jim McGovern, for Massachusetts and Susan Davis for California.

Previously, the delegation met with the new head of the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, who called the meeting as “constructive and sincere”, also with no details.

The visit to the island began on the weekend and the agenda of the congress people also included meetings with small entrepreneurs, experts from the education sector and biotechnology. The trip concludes on Wednesday with a press conference.

Since the arrival at the White House of Donald Trump, Washington and Havana are going through one of their most tense moments after the government of the United States accused the Castro government of failing to protect its diplomats who suffered mysterious attacks that caused them deafness, dizziness and nausea, among other symptoms.

The crisis led the United States to expel a group of Cuban diplomats who worked in Washington and the removal of most of the US personnel at its embassy in Havana.

The Cuban government denied the accusations and offered to collaborate in the investigations, even allowing an FBI team to enter the country. To date the motives and perpetrators of the alleged attack remain a mystery.

12 thoughts on “US Congressional Delegation Visiting Cuba Meets with Raul Castro

  • This articles fails to recognize the U.S. politics of the situation. Patrick Leahy is amongst the most liberal of U.S. senators. His party (the democrats) are out of power. Leahy and his colleagues have no authority. They are little more than tourists.

  • Cuban dissidents are many things, but manufactured by the US is NOT one of them. They are in many cases given financial and material support but they are definitely home-grown. If they were if US “origin”, they would be better organized and more solidly unified. Your criticism of the Dissident community is simply the same old Castro dictatorship propaganda.

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