• Cielo Vista

US President Obama and Cuba’s Castro to ‘interact’ at Americas summit, says US official

April 5, 2015
2 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro will have an “interaction” when they attend next week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama, a U.S. official said Friday.

It will be the first between the two leaders since the historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington.

“Clearly President Obama knew when he made the decision to go to the summit, and he knew that Cuba had been invited to the summit, … that there would be an interaction,” U.S. State Department official Roberta Jacobson said at the Brookings Institution.

“The leaders are together a lot of the time. And so there will be an interaction with Raúl Castro,” she added, declining to speculate about the nature of any possible meeting between the two leaders.

But she added Obama’s only confirmed meeting was with Panama leader Juan Carlos Varela.

“None of the president’s meetings are scheduled other than his bilateral with President Varela as the host,” she said.

“So I don’t know exactly what kind of an interaction that will be. But they’ve obviously already spoken on the phone, … and there’s been a lot of interaction since then at a lower level.”

In separate remarks, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf expressed skepticism that the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may lead to the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington before next week’s summit, which takes place on April 10-11.

Asked to give an assessment of the likelihood of embassies being opened before the summit, Harf replied: “It’s not a lot of time, let’s put it that way.”

The United States and Cuba have already held three rounds of talks since January on restoration of diplomatic relations and the reopening of their embassies.

Washington had initially targeted a reopening of the embassies in time for the Summit of the Americas.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Amazon adding 2,000 new jobs in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
45 views
Costa Rica
45 views

Amazon adding 2,000 new jobs in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 26, 2019

Amazon executives announced Wednesday the creation of 2,000 new jobs in its Costa Rica offices. The Seattle, Washington-based company said…

American Airlines launching direct flights from New York to Costa Rica
Costa Rica
179 views
Costa Rica
179 views

American Airlines launching direct flights from New York to Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 26, 2019

Big Apple, meet Pura Vida. Beginning in November, American Airlines will launch new direct routes between New York's John F.…

Earthquake in Costa Rica was ‘un despiche total,’ Tico says
Earthquake
1841 views
Earthquake
1841 views

Earthquake in Costa Rica was ‘un despiche total,’ Tico says

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 26, 2019

Leave it to Costa Ricans to turn an unnerving nighttime earthquake into immediate fodder for a nationwide joke. After a…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!