Carter begins second visit to Cuba
Aida Calviac Mora
JAMES Carter, who was President of the United
States from 1977 to 1981, began a three-day visit to
Havana this Monday in response to an invitation from
the Cuban government.
The former president was received at the José
Martí International Airport by Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodríguez Parilla.
Yesterday, Carter had two meetings with Cuban
religious authorities at the Jewish Community
Foundation and the Havana Archbishopric.
At the Beth Shalom Synagogue he spoke with Adela
Dworin, president of the Jewish Community, who was
accompanied by David Prinstein, vice president of
the Foundation, and Hella Eskenazi, its executive
Subsequently, Carter had a private meeting with
Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Archbishop of Havana.
This is the second occasion that the former
President has come to the island. His May 2002 tour
constituted the first and only visit by a former U.S.
president after the triumph of the Revolution and an
expression of his interest in improving bilateral