– US state of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will meet with the Cuban Minister of Trade and Foreign Investments Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in Havana on Monday, the Governor’s press office said in a statement.
“Upon arrival in Cuba, Governor Cuomo will have a working lunch with Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, the Cuban Minister of Trade and Foreign Investments, and other New York and Cuban officials,” the statement, issued on Monday, said.
Cuomo left New York City for Havana on Monday morning, according to the statement.
During the trip, he will also meet with Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino.
In addition, Cuomo will deliver remarks at the opening of roundtable meetings as part of the New York State Trade Mission to Cuba, the press office said.
Cuomo is expected to remain in Cuba for just under two days before heading back to the United States.
New York State Trade Mission to Cuba is the first mission of its kind since the US President Barack Obama announced his plan to restore relations with the island nation in December 2014.
Despite Washington's announcement to normalize relations with Cuba, US authorities are yet to lift the trade embargo against the island country that was imposed after the 1959 Cuban Revolution.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier in April 2015 that the process of restoring ties would begin slowly, starting with the restoration of diplomatic relations.