Abe becomes first Japanese leader to visit Communist-ruled Cuba

Abe becomes first Japanese leader to visit Communist-ruled Cuba

Japan's PM Abe, talks to Cuban authorities upon his arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, CubaBy Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese leader to visit Communist-ruled Cuba on Thursday, landing in Havana to hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on topics from boosting trade to curbing North Korea's nuclear program. Abe's visit to the Caribbean island is one of a slew by western leaders since it began normalizing ties with the United States nearly two years ago. U.S. President Barack Obama visited Cuba in March.


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