Abe May Visit Cuba Late Next Month

Abe may visit Cuba late next monthJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit Cuba late next month after attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
Abe plans to speak at the UN General Assembly if his Diet and other political schedules allow. He is now arranging to visit the Cuban capital, Havana, after finishing his itinerary at the General Assembly.

Abe would be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Cuba if the trip materializes.

Last year, Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic ties for the first time in 54 years. Since then, countries around the world have been regarding the Caribbean nation as a promising investment destination.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida flew to Cuba last year to boost bilateral economic relations. He was the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the country.

Abe hopes to further strengthen bilateral economic ties through such occasions as a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro.