Last Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:13 am (KSA) 07:13 am (GMT)

Nation of Islam leader asks for talks between U.S. and Cuba

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan holds  news conference in Havana, says Cuban president says he wants to hold talks with the U.S.  (Reuters)
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan holds news conference in Havana, says Cuban president says he wants to hold talks with the U.S. (Reuters)

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said on Thursday (September 20) that, during a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, he had asked him personally to let Washington know that Cuba was open for talks.

“He [Cuban President Raul Castro] wanted me to let the world know that Cuba is ready to talk with the appropriate authorities in the United States and everything that divides the two countries would be put on the table with no preconditions,” Farrakhan said at a news conference in Havana.

Farrakhan’s comments come hours after the Cuban foreign minister made the country’s annual plea for the U.S. to drop its embargo.

This was the first visit to Cuba in seven years for the 79-year-old minister who went to the Caribbean nation at the invitation of the country’s communist party.

Asked about the recent spate of violence against U.S. embassies, Farrakhan denounced the anti-Mohammed YouTube film that has reportedly triggered protests across the Middle East. He said he doesn’t blame the U.S. for the film, but does believe that there is an anti-Muslim climate in the country which contributes to the problem.

“I cannot say that the United States is responsible for such action but there is intolerance in the American community for Islam, recently with the Sikhs, and there is intolerance for Jews and the attack on Jewish synagogues, so this climate of intolerance exists in America,” he said.

During his visit to Cuba, the religious leader met with Castro and Cuban authorities. He expressed his opposition for the embargo and his support for the families of “the Cuban Five,” a group of Cuban men convicted on charges related to espionage.


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