Japan's PM Abe considering visiting Cuba next month: Kyodo
August 18, 2016
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering
visiting Cuba next month to strengthen ties and promote Japanese
investments there, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, but the
foreign ministry said no such plan was being made.
The trip, if confirmed, will coincide with Abe's planned attendance at
the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Kyodo said. It
would be the first ever visit to Cuba by a Japanese prime minister.
"There is no such fact. That is all I can say," an official at the
foreign ministry's Latin American and Caribbean Affairs division said,
referring to the Kyodo report.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Cuba last year and met
President Raul Castro. Kishida's trip followed a surprise announcement
by Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama that the former adversaries
would normalise ties.
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Jacqueline
Wong and Clarence Fernandez)
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