State Department postpones event on Cuba after Sen. Rubio protests

May 17, 2018 06:17 PM
Updated May 17, 2018 07:18 PM

A State Department seminar on Cuba scheduled for Friday has been called off in another sign of the differences between the department and the White House on Cuba policy.

Anti-Castro activists complained that the seminar, titled “Cuba under [Miguel] Díaz-Canel” and organized by the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was to hear only from experts who support the friendlier policies on Cuba advanced under former President Barack Obama.

“It’s very strange, what happened with this event, which is held every two or three years and they have always invited me,” said Carlos Saladrigas, president of the Cuba Study Group and one of the scheduled speakers. “Suddenly I get an email that it was postponed, with no new date set.”

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