A report by Melanius Alphonse for Caribbean News Now.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Havana on Sunday at the José Martí International Airport in a historic first visit to Cuba and were greeted by the vice minister of foreign affairs, Ana Teresita González.
This first such official visit to Cuba by the British royal family is viewed as an attempt to help foster closer ties between the UK and Cuba and the opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations and form new social and economic avenues, lost after the Spanish colony was ceded to the US in 1898.
The members of the British royal family are in Cuba, as part of an extensive tour of the Caribbean.
According to British ambassador in Havana, Antonhy Stokes, the visit by the prince and duchess to the island will reflect and encourage the growing relationship between the United Kingdom and Cuba, and that both countries work together on issues such as education, biotechnology and renewable energies.
In keeping with activities related to the arts, heritage restoration and sustainable agriculture, the British royal family accompanied by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Cancel visited heritage areas of Old Havana and learned about conservation efforts in the 500-year-old city.
They visited Old Havana’s 18th-century colonial Spanish buildings, touring churches, shops and cafés, met and greeted locals and tourists alike and later laid a floral wreath to Cuba’s National Hero.
The Prince of Wales was also scheduled to hold official talks with Diaz-Canel, as well as meeting with entrepreneurs, and attending a cultural gala and dinner.
While US President Donald Trump has the United Kingdom’s support in relation to Venezuela, the US finds less social and economic backing for the 60-year US embargo.
The official visit to Cuba by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall highlights the differences and positions that the Trump administration could employ towards economic and political reform between the two nations.