FILE PHOTO – Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Cuba will have a role to play in Venezuela’s return to democracy, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Friday, even though Ottawa and Havana disagree on whether President Nicolas Maduro should stay in office.

Freeland made her remarks in Toronto after meeting Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. Cuba is a strong ally of Maduro, who most western nations want to step down in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Susan Thomas

via Reuters

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