Cuban diplomat makes historic visit to USM

Cuban diplomat makes historic visit to USM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A high-ranking Cuban government official made a trip to the University of Southern Mississippi Thursday.

MIguel Fraga, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., spoke to students at the College of Arts and Letters.

It was the first visit by a Cuban diplomat to USM since the U.S. resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba three years ago.

Fraga made the case for stronger relations and called for an end to the 50-year-old economic embargo against Cuba.

"We really believe that relations with goodwill and respect is what the majority of both countries want," Fraga said. "Unfortunately for the last 60 years, we did not have the opportunity to sit down, to talk and we need to do it."

In the last three years, Fraga has visited 15 U.S. states and 28 American universities.