27-09-2021 01:34 AM Jerusalem Timing

Canadian PM Trudeau Invited to Cuba

Canadian PM Trudeau Invited to Cuba

Cuba has invited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit the communist-run island, Havana’s ambassador to Ottawa said Wednesday.

Cuba, US flagsCuba has invited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit the communist-run island, Havana's ambassador to Ottawa said Wednesday.

"He is welcome to Cuba any time he wishes to come when his schedule allows him, and if President Raul Castro is invited to come to Canada, I'm sure he will take this opportunity," Ambassador Julio Garmendia Pena told a press conference in Montreal.

The invitation comes one week after US President Barack Obama wrapped up a historic trip to Cuba, where he met with Raul Castro during a trip aimed at cementing the thaw announced by the two leaders in December 2014.

"We haven't agreed any dates in the agendas, we have just opened the possibility of receiving a high-level delegation from Canada headed by the prime minister," Garmendia Pena said.

The Cuban ambassador praised what he called historic ties between Cuba and Canada, one of the few countries in the Americas that has never severed diplomatic ties with the communist island.

Even before the US-Cuba thaw was announced, officials from Canada and Cuba held several rounds of "secret talks" in Ottawa, he said.