Kerry says human rights will be top issue in talks with Cuba

August 13, 2015 8:20 AM

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WASHINGTON — Shortly before traveling to Cuba to preside over the flag-raising at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that human rights will be "at the top" of his agenda in talks with his Cuban counterpart on Friday, and revealed that he will meet with Cuban government opponents while in the country.

But in an interview with the Miami Herald and CNN en Español in which he also disclosed new details about U.S.-Cuba talks on Venezuela, Kerry confirmed that Cuban dissidents will not be invited to Friday's official flag-raising ceremony at the embassy.

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