Spain PM visits Cuba, uses hotel banned to US visitors

HAVANA — A Spanish prime minister is visiting Cuba for the first time in three decades, a historic visit that suggests a warming of relations between Cuba and the former colonial power.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is scheduled to meet with Cuban officials and intellectuals during the two-day trip that began Thursday. He'll also host business meetings in a hotel that the Trump administration recently put on a list of places banned to U.S. visitors. He's not expected to meet with dissidents.

Spanish-Cuban relations have seen years of ups and downs, reaching their lowest points when Madrid conditioned its ties and cooperation on a more open political model.

Accompanying Sanchez is Spain's external affairs minister and the minister of industry, trade and tourism.

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