Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is formally welcomed to Cuba by President Raul Castro, 40 years after his father made a historic trip amid Cold War hostilities. Natasha Howitt reports.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is formally welcomed to Cuba by President Raul Castro. It is 40 years since his father - former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau - visited the Communist-ruled land, striking up a controversial friendship with revolutionary leader Fidel Castro amid the Cold War hostilities of the 1970s. The younger Trudeau does not have a scheduled meeting with Castro, but officials say it could happen. Canada has long been one of Cuba's closest western allies. It was one of just two nations in the Americas to keep ties in tact after the 1959 revolution. Trudeau is seeking to further strengthen trade and cultural ties. A string of foreign leaders have recently visited Cuba since its détente with the U.S., hoping to capture a share of business.