The Straits Times
Published on Feb 20, 2013

Raul Castro meets delegation of American lawmakers in Cuba


HAVANA (AFP) - President Raul Castro on Tuesday welcomed a delegation of US lawmakers, the first to come to communist Cuba since United States President Barack Obama's re-election, state media reported.

"Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla took part in the meeting, and issues of interest to both countries were addressed," a statement read out on the government news broadcast said.

The US legislators were in Havana to meet with Cuban officials and hope to visit an American contractor jailed for distributing laptops and satellite phones, diplomatic sources said earlier.

The lawmakers also met with Mr Rodriguez Parrilla and Mr Ricardo Alarcon, a former Cuban ambassador to the United Nations and assembly speaker, the Cuban report said.