Everyone knew this was coming, so it’s no surprise.
But now it’s official. Raul “The Reformer” will definitely infest the Panama summit.
The invitation was formally delivered in person by a lady almost as pretty as Raul: Panama’s very bourgeois foreign minister, Isabel Saint Malo.
Only death or dismemberment will keep Raul from attending.
In the super-charged symbolic world of diplomacy, this coup is as big as they come.
Panama foreign minister invites Raul Castro to Americas Summit
HAVANA (Reuters) – Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel Saint Malo personally invited Cuban President Raul Castro to the Summit of the Americas her nation is hosting in April, according to a Cuban government statement published yesterday.
Saint Malo met Castro on Thursday during a one-day visit to Cuba, where she delivered a verbal invitation that puts the United States on the spot diplomatically.
Washington, which initiated the summits in 1994, blocked Cuba’s invitation to the previous six events, saying the Communist-ruled country’s one-party political system was not democratic.
Panama’s invitation amounts to a diplomatic coup for Cuba and follows demands by governments of many Latin American and Caribbean countries that it be invited.
“The United States faces a tough choice: either alter its policy toward Cuba or face the virtual collapse of its diplomacy toward Latin America,” said Richard Feinberg, a senior fellow of the Washington-based Brookings Institution who helped organise the first summit when working for the Clinton administration.
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