Miguel Angel Moratinos, who is the Spanish foreign minister, is visiting the Caribbean island of Cuba, and has already had a meeting with the country’s leader Raul Castro, son of Fidel Castro.
The pair apparently discussed Cuba’s poor human rights reputation, and also a €200 million debt, owed to various Spanish companies by the Cuban government. Leaders of opposition parties were said to be extremely disappointed that the Minister had refused to meet with them and discuss their concerns.
He also refused to meet with several other groups on the island including “freelance” journalists, and human rights activists, who had requested talks with the high ranking Spanish official.
This has met with a rash of criticism back in Spain, were politicians and journalists have said that Moratinos was pampering to Castro, whilst ignoring serious complaints from other organisations on the island.