Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Cuban state run newspaper, Granma is reporting that President Raúl Castro and Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago met on Sunday, March 29 to discuss a variety of issues including reaffirmation of expanding bilateral ties.

There was talk of regional and global interest and they agreed on the importance of supporting efforts aimed at integrating the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Granma is reporting that President Manning invited President Castro to visit Trinidad and Tobago “whenever he felt it appropriate” and the Cuban president accepted the offer but details of any visit to Trinidad and Tobago by President Raul Castro were not released.

The timing of this meeting and the public release by Cuban media of President Manning’s invitation is clearly meant to precede the Fifth Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago starting in just over two week.

This news seems designed to encourage Cuba watchers to speculate if President Castro will make an appearance at the Summit which would of course raise the question whether or not President Obama will “by chance” meet President Castro.

Time will tell.