The United States has denied visas to 23 Cuban nationals sympathetic to the island’s government, which is scheduled to attend a summit in June to coincide with the US summit, the official Granma newspaper reported Wednesday (18).
The newspaper cited the organizers of the event as a source. The publication states that these 23 include Dr. Tania Crompett Ramos, who worked on the vaccine. Olympic bronze medalist Olympian wrestler Raineris Salas Perez in Tokyo, Christian student leader George Gonzalez Nunes, journalists, artists, unionists and community leaders.
The statement from the organizers of the meeting was republished in “Granma”, saying that “the denial of their visa is an insult to the same democratic values that the US government wants to protect and its ‘US summit’.”
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U.S. government officials said invitations to the U.S. summit had not yet been sent. Also suggested CubaVenezuela and Nicaragua will not be invited for failing to meet democratic standards.
This position provoked protests and the governments of the Caribbean community, Mexico, Bolivia and Guatemala announced that they would not attend the event if the exemption was maintained.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Connell, who concluded a parliamentary session on Monday, said “anyone who promises to hold a hemispheric meeting must have the ability and courage to listen to everyone.”
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