ITHACA, NY – Cuban diplomat Miguel Fraga visited Ithaca on Monday ahead of speaking engagements at Cornell on Tuesday and SUNY Cortland on Wednesday.

It’s been around a year since the United States reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba after a roughly 50-year silence started during the Cold War. Fraga, the first secretary of the newly re-established Cuban Embassy, has been touring the United States speaking on the past, present and future of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Fraga met with Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick on Monday where the two discussed relations between the two countries and exchanged gifts:

Fraga will be at Cornell on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m to give his talk, “A Look to U.S.-Cuban Relations, Past Present and Future.” The talk will be held in room 182 in Myron Taylor Hall.

He will give the talk again at SUNY Cortland on Wednesday. The talk will “trace the troubled history of the neighboring nations, clarify the Cuban perspective of current relations and explore opportunities for the future,” according to an announcement from SUNY Cortland.

(Featured photo courtesy of Mayor Myrick’s Facebook page)

Michael Smith

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