The president of Cuba arrives in Santo Domingo for the Ibero-American Summit
resident of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel. External source
Santo Domingo, DR.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived Friday in Santo Domingo to attend the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit in the Dominican capital.
The ruler arrived at 16.55 local time (20.55 GMT) at Las Americas Airport aboard a Venezuelan government aircraft, accompanied by his wife and immediately boarded a vehicle at the foot of the runway and left the terminal.
Shortly before, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, arrived at the same airport, like Díaz-Canel, left without making any statements.
Both join the leaders who will participate in the Ibero-American Summit, which will be attended by fourteen heads of state and government and two vice presidents.
Also already in Santo Domingo are the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa; the Honduran Xiamara Castro; the Uruguayan Luis Lacalle Pou; the Chilean Gabriel Boric; the Ecuadorian Guillermo Lasso and the Paraguayan Mario Abdo Benítez, in addition to the King of Spain, Felipe VI, and the governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi.
I am glad the Cuban president is attending the summit. My politics and his do not match. However, his presence may lead to backroom communications with the US that could lead to warming of relations that will improve the lot of Cubans and expatriots living in the US. It is also good for Latin American unity.