Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the newly re-established Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., spoke at Seattle University as part of a 4 day visit to Seattle. The focus of his presentation was US-Cuba relations taking in the last 55 years of conflict, the beginnings of normalization in the last 15 months, and what more needs to be done to achieve truly normal relations between our two countries - emphasizing the need to end the US blockade of Cuba, the travel ban on US citizens, and to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba.

An important aim of the visit was to establish horizontal, people-to-people and organization-to-organization links. Secretary Fraga visited four colleges: Seattle University, University of Washington, Seattle Central College and Pinchot University. At every college event, students wanted to know how their college can interchange with colleges in Cuba. Secretary Fraga also met with business people, lawyers involved with international law, and an African American Baptist congregation, all of whom were interested in building connections with Cuba.

Miguel met with elected officials from King County council, the Washington State legislature, and with Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott. Also noteworthy throughout the visit was the presence of Cuban Americans - anxious to make contact with Miguel and to explore how they can forge improved relationships with their mother country.

Thanks to the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee and the International Action Center

Recorded 3/5/16
At Seattle University School of Law

 

 

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Program Details
Episode S5E12
Broadcast Week Mar 20th 2016
Duration 00:58:00
Audience Rating TV-G
Genre Action
Theme Academic & Education
Language English
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