U.S. SENATOR FLAKE MEETS CUBAN PRESIDENT DIAZ-CANEL

Posted date: 05.06.2018 11:56:13

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and the Trump administration’s top diplomat in Cuba met on Monday with new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the highest-level U.S. delegation to do so since he took office.

“We had a good meeting with President Diaz-Canel. ... We are hopeful for the future if we can have more connectivity, more travel, more meetings with Cubans and vice versa,” Flake, a Republican, told a news conference in Havana before leaving for home.

 

Diaz-Canel became president in April, succeeding Raul Castro.

Flake and Schmidt, who is now a board member at Google parent Alphabet Inc, were on a 24-hour visit to discuss improving the island’s internet and also met with the foreign minister and Communications Ministry officials.

Joining them was Philip Goldberg, the senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba.

“We were talking specifically about connectivity, but also about the challenges that have come up. Obviously we have had some setbacks,” said Flake, who opposes the U.S. trade embargo and has been a frequent critic of Republican President Donald Trump.