Hook, line and sinker 2
The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Miguel Angel Moratinos, is leaving Havana today after his much-publicised two-day visit … with egg all over his face.
And doesn't it taste yummy.
During a final press conference attended by his Cuban counterpart, Felipe Perez Roque, Spanish media asked the men whether the new co-operation agreements just signed by the two governments dealt with the issue of political prisoners and dissidents currently rotting in Fidel Castro’s jails.
Perez Roque’s response was emphatic. And deliberate: There is nothing to discuss, he said, because there are no political prisoners in Cuba. Only mercenaries in the pay of the imperialists. End of story.
All this right in front of an obviously embarrassed Moratinos. Even before he had left the island! Doesn't get more cynical than that, surely.
As the Spanish daily El Mundo commented, se le aguo la fiesta a Moratinos.