Spanish officials thank Catholic Church for 'important role' in release of Cuban prisoners

Spanish officials thank Catholic Church for 'important role' in release of Cuban prisoners

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During a visit to Cuba, two officials from Spain’s Socialist Party expressed gratitude to the Catholic Church for its “important role” in securing the release of several political prisoners.

Leire Pajin and Elena Valenciano from the Socialist Party, praised the release of  political prisoners in Cuba and announced that six more newly-freed dissidents will be arriving in Spain tomorrow.

The six will follow in the footsteps of the 20 political prisoners released earlier this summer who were also immediately sent to Spain. The Cuban government announced last June its intention to free the 52 dissidents arrested in 2003.

The government officials said they are thankful for the “important role” the Church has played in the process after their meeting with Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana.

During their visit, Pajin and Valenciano will also meet with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez, and other Cuban officials.

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