28 Mar '11, 4pm

DTN Singapore: Carter in Cuba amid heightened US-Havana tension: HAVANA : Former US president Jimmy Carter arriv...

DTN Singapore: Carter in Cuba amid heightened US-Havana tension: HAVANA : Former US president Jimmy Carter arriv...

HAVANA : Former US president Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba Monday on a mission that some hope could help ease rising tensions between Washington and Havana. The visit comes as relations between Washington and Havana have become increasingly frayed over the recent trial and conviction of a State Department contract employee. Carter, 86, invited by the Cuban government, is visiting as part of a "private, nongovernmental mission," according to the Carter Center. But officials in Havana have said that Carter was asked by Washington to intercede in the case of jailed American Alan Gross. Carter is due to meet Tuesday with President Raul Castro, the foreign ministry said, in his first visit to the communist-ruled island in nearly a decade. There are also plans for Carter to meet with Cardinal Jaime Ortega, archbishop of Havana, who had a major hand in the release over the past fe...

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