Cuba’s new leader meets with American business executives and politicians in NYC

Google executives Eric Schmidt, center, and Brett Perlmutter, right, welcome Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel at the company office in New York. Courtesy Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX)

Cuba’s recently appointed President Miguel Díaz-Canel met with technology and other company executives and U.S. Congress members in New York City after his inaugural appearance at the United Nations.

At the meeting held at Google offices in New York Monday afternoon, Díaz-Canel spoke with representatives from Twitter, Microsoft, VaynerMedia, Connectify, Mapbox, Virgin Group, Airbnb, Revolution, Udacity and Bloomberg.

The gathering was organized by Eric Schmidt, former executive director of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and currently technical adviser to the company, as well as Brett Perlmutter, who is in charge of Google projects in Cuba.

Schmidt met with the Cuban leader in Havana in June to discuss connecting the island to one or more underwater communications cables. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Az., said at the time that the two sides were close to an agreement.

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