U.S. Officials Attend Business Meeting in Cuba

Havana, Oct 16.- City Council members of Tampa and St. Petersburg, businesspeople and Tampa Port Authorities, attend today a business meeting in Cuba.

After talking with government authorities of this capital, the U.S. delegation will exchange views with representatives of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (Citma), the Ministry of Transport and the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, among other Cuban institutions.

During a meeting in this capital with the legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, the eve, the U.S. group advocated for normalization of relations among both nations.

This delegation arrives in Cuba after the U.S. government announced the decision of withdrawing ‘non essential’ diplomatic personnel and their families from their Embassy in the island, in response to alleged incidents affecting some of them.

Despite not presenting any evidence of a deliberate action on the part of Cuba or someone else, the U.S. Executive recently recommended U.S. citizens not to visit this Caribbean country.

We are here for the future, with the hope that someday these problems will be resolved and our nations will move to normal relations, asserted the Vice President of the Tampa City Council, Harry Cohen.

Those who came here have the best of hopes that we will normalize relations and everything be positive for both our countries, confirmed the President of the St. Petersburg City Council, Darden Rier, whose city -as Tampa- belong to the U.S. state of Florida.

For her part the president of the Council of the City of Tampa, Ivonne Yolie Capin, recalled her metropolis and Havana have a very ancient history of which gave proof in the 19th Century Jose Marti, Apostle of Cuba, who has a park there with his name.

 

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