Havana seems overrun with official delegations this week. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini pays her first visit to the island hoping to get strained bi-lateral relations back on track. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in town talking about “large, serious and promising” projects in the energy, transportation, infrastructure, biotechnology, pharmaceutics, healthcare and civil aviation sectors.
But one that seems to be slipping under the radar — probably the one that average Cubans care about most — is a U.S. delegation in town to talk with the Cuban government about telecommunications and the internet. Conrad Tribble, a U.S. diplomat in Havana, tweeted this morning that he was in meetings all day today with the delegation and Cuban officials. No word yet on what is being discussed.
If the lines around stores for Cuba’s official cell phone company, ETECSA, after it announced lower tariffs over the weekend — they had to call in police to maintain order in some cases — are any indication, phones and internet are near the top of most Cubans’ wish list these days.
Update: More on the talks from the Havana Times and the Associated Press.
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