First Visit by a UK Foreign Secretary to Cuba Since 1959


Philip Hammond has become the first UK Foreign Secretary to visit Cuba since 1959 as part of his tour of Latin America. He will meet Bruno Rodríguez, the Cuban Foreign Minister, to discuss trade, human rights and socio-economic issues.

Hammond said:

“Britain and Cuba have outlooks on the world and systems of government that are very different. But as Cuba enters a period of significant social and economic change, I am looking forward to demonstrating to the Cuban government and people that the UK is keen to forge new links across the Atlantic.

That is why Cuba and the UK are set to reach new cooperation agreements on energy, financial services, education and culture, to the benefit of both our nations. As the first British Foreign Secretary to visit Cuba since before the Cuban Revolution in 1959, this is an opportunity to hear for myself what Cuba thinks about its present challenges and where it sees its future”.