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Sister City Visit to Cuba Hit by Blockade

International politics that seemed to be moving towards more accommodation with Cuba hit home in Richmond as the obscure U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control put the kibosh on a long-planned visit by a Richmond delegation to Richmondís Sister City, Regla, Cuba. Click here for Mayor McLaughlinís press release on the subject.




Mayor McLaughlin subsequently met with Congressman Millerís district director, who reportedly is sympathetic tto he delegationís disappointment and concerns about the license denial and wants to help. Apparently, the decision can be appealed.  


The last time a Richmond delegation visited Regla was in 1999, led by then Mayor Irma Anderson.