Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the United States to end its economic embargo on the Caribbean island of Cuba.
He has also called for the release of five Cuban prisoners which he said the US has imprisoned illegally.
The prime minister made the calls during a brief address upon his arrival in Cuba on Tuesday where he will be attending the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
“I am happy to be here in Cuba and to be around my friends,” he said. “I continue to support very strongly the Cuban revolution, I continue to ask the US to end the blockade against Cuba and to free the Cuban five who are imprisoned …illegally.”
The Cuban embargo began on October 19, 1960, and is a commercial, economic, and financial blockade imposed on the island by the United States.
The Cuban Five, also known as the Miami Five, are said to be Cuban intelligence officers who were convicted in Miami of conspiracy to commit espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, acting as an agent of a foreign government, and other illegal activities in the United States.
They were arrested by the FBI on Sept. 12, 1998 and convicted in a US federal court in Miami in 2001.
The Cuban government has consistently said the men were imprisoned unjustly.
CELAC is is a regional bloc of Latin American and Caribbean states which was created on December 3, 2011, in Caracas, Venezuela.