Cuba Business

President of Trinidad offers open invitation to Raul Castro to visit Trinidad

Posted March 30, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Business.

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.

Member Comments

On March 31, 2009, Miguel Gonzalez wrote:

repeat of the 1960 trip to the us by Castro wherein Eisenhower went to play golf and refused to meet Fidel.Met with trickie Dick instead.. Dont disrespect Cubans, Its taken very seriously. There are other examples such as the US Sailors getting drunk and urinating on the Statue of Marti or the refusal of the Rough Riders to allow the Cuban Rebels to march in the victory parade after defeat of Spain in 98.. Be carefull!