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Kerry to meet with dissidents in Cuba

Kerry to meet with dissidents in Cuba

Washington (AFP) – Top US diplomat John Kerry will meet with Cuban
dissidents during his historic trip to Cuba, he said on Wednesday.

“They will be invited to our mission,” Kerry told the US
Spanish-language network Telemundo ahead of Friday’s visit to Havana.

“I will take an open, free walk in Old Havana,” the picturesque Spanish
colonial-era district popular with tourists.

Such meetings are a sensitive issue for the only Communist government in
the Americas, as it reestablishes normal ties with Washington after more
than 50 years.

Kerry’s visit Friday will put a symbolic coda on the historic
rapprochement announced on December 17 by US Barack Obama and
Cuban counterpart , which paved the way for the Cold War
enemies to restore diplomatic ties last month.

After the public flag-raising event, Kerry will meet with a broad range
of sectors of Cuban society, a State Department source explained.

“Later in the day, we are having a larger event at the chief of mission
residence which is also a diplomatic installation and with a broad range
of groups being invited including the Cuban government, Cuban Americans,
Cuban cultural leaders, the diplomatic corp, entrepreneurs, and Cuban
political and media activists,” said the source, who spoke
on condition of anonymity.

“And the secretary does look forward to seeing many members of Cuban
civil society, including dissidents, at that event.”

Some 90 dissidents were Sunday at a protest against the
reopening of the US embassy in Havana.

The protest underscored the anxiety of the opposition movement as Kerry
prepares to officially reopen the embassy and fly the US flag over the
building for the first time since January 3, 1961.

Source: Kerry to meet with dissidents in Cuba – Yahoo News –
http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-meet-dissidents-cuba-224410348.html;_ylt=AwrC1C6SfcxVgQsATUzQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBzdWd2cWI5BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxMAR2dGlkAwRzZWMDc3I-

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