Rice criticizes Spain over Cuba policy
BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Spain on Tuesday for its dealings with Cuba and said she would press Spanish officials on the issue in Madrid this week.
After several years of tense relations with Spain, Rice is set to make her first visit as the top U.S. diplomat to Madrid on Friday. She will meet King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero and Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
“On Cuba, I am not sure that we see eye to eye,” Rice told reporters traveling with her to Germany where she is meeting Group of Eight ministers.
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“I don’t see how that course (of democracy) is advanced by simply dealing with the current regime, a regime that seems to be setting itself up for a non-democratic succession when the transition takes place in Cuba and doing that at the expense of contacts with the very nascent and fragile democratic opposition that is beginning to arise in Cuba,” she said.
“The Cubans deserve better and I think we will talk about that,” Rice said.