Cuba in United Kingdom

Cuba vigorously protests United States of America’s granting of asylum to an aircraft hijacker

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On 27 February 2023, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, summoned the United States Chargé D’Affaires, Benjamin Ziff, to the Ministry, to formally convey Cuba’s vigorous protest at the granting of political asylum to the Cuban citizen Rubén Martínez Machado, perpetrator of the hijacking of a Cuban civil aircraft on 21 October 2022. 

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