Here we go again. Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Spain’s foreign minister, is now in Havana, for a three-day visit.
Spain has played in leading role in convincing the European Union to ignore human rights violations in the Castro Kingdom. And it continues to play that same role.
The old colonial masters of Cuba feel it is their duty to convince the European Union to ignore repression and the enslavement of the Cuban people. According to Spain’s foreign minister — who has just reaffirmed his commitment to “tight relations” with the Castro regime — Spain has a “leadership mission” to fulfill due to “obvious historical, cultural and affinity reasons.”
Nonetheless, the foreign minister was not greeted by any Castronoid officials when he stepped out of his Spanish Air Force plane, but rather by Spain’s ambassador in Havana.
During his previous visit in 2014 –when Spain was pushing hard for the EU to lift its sanctions on the Castro regime — King Raul refused to meet with the Spanish foreign minister.
Apparently, a speech delivered by the minister upon his arrival in Havana had angered King Raul, because it included oblique references to Spain’s transition to democracy in the late 1970’s after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.
Ay! Que falta de respeto! Let’s see what happens this time.
Since the EU parliament has yet to ratify the lifting of sanctions against the Castro Kingdom, King Raul might decide to be more gracious.
Aaaah. Enjoy your visit, foreign minister. Slave plantations can be very lucrative, and so much fun to visit. Ka-ching! $$$$$$$$$$!!! Mozo, apurate con ese mojito! Hey boy, hurry up, where’s my mojito?
From the Latin American Herald Tribune
Spain’s acting foreign minister said on Saturday that Spain “needs to play a leadership role” in negotiations between the European Union and Cuba stemming from an agreement to normalize relations.
“Spain is looking to accompany the rapprochement process between Cuba and the European Union. The agreement between the EU and Cuba has just been signed. Now the dialogue between the two sides continues and Spain must play a leadership role in that negotiation,” Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told members of the Spanish media.
Spain’s top diplomat stressed that his nation’s role in the Caribbean island’s current scenario “is what it’s always been: very close bilateral relations and a certain leadership mission in the European Union for obvious historical, cultural and affinity reasons.”
“A long time ago, the pope (John Paul II) said the world was opening to Cuba and Cuba was opening to the world. And little by little we’re seeing that that opening is occurring,” he added.
Garcia-Margallo arrived Friday night in Cuba for his second official visit to the island and will begin the official portion of his trip on Monday when he meets with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, and other ministers.
Negotiations for the new accord, signed in March, began in 2014 and were aimed at normalizing a relationship constrained since 1996 by the EU’s so-called Common Position, which made improved ties between the bloc and Havana contingent on democratization and respect for human rights on the Communist-ruled island.
The agreement still must be ratified by the European Parliament.