French President Francois Hollande arrived in Cuba
French President Francois Hollande arrived in Cuba late Sunday night, becoming the first French head of state to visit the communist nation.
"Ladies and gentleman, I arrive here in Cuba this evening with a lot of excitement as this is the first time the president of the Republic of France is visiting Cuba. It's also symbolic to be the first western president to participate in the opening of Cuba to the world."
Mr. Hollande plans to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro Monday upon the Cuban leader's return from Italy, which included a visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Mr. Hollande is the first Western leader to visit Cuba since Mr. Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced last December that they would seek to end more than five decades of Cold War-related bitterness.
But, unlike the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba, Paris and Havana have long-established financial ties, with two-way trade worth nearly $400 million.
Mr. Hollande's stopover in Cuba is the last stop on a five-nation tour of the Caribbean.
**沙特国王不拟参加美国 - 阿拉伯峰会**
沙特阿拉伯国王萨勒曼不准备参加美国总统奥巴马将于本星期主持召开的美国 - 阿拉伯峰会。沙特外交大臣阿祖贝尔星期日说，几天前宣布计划在白宫举行的一次会谈也被取消。
Saudi King to Skip US-Gulf Summit
Saudi Arabia's King Salman will not take part in a U.S.-Arab summit hosted this week by President Barack Obama, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday, canceling also a planned White House meeting that had been announced only days earlier.
The summit begins Wednesday with delegations from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council visiting the White House, then continues Thursday with talks at the president's Camp David retreat.
Jubeir said King Salman will send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in his place. He cited the summit's overlap with a five-day cease-fire and humanitarian effort in neighboring Yemen where Saudi Arabia has led a campaign of airstrikes against anti-government fighters.
An Obama administration official said the change was "not in response to any substantive issue."