2 US Senators Arrive for Cuba Visit

Friday, August 13, 1999; 2:14 p.m. EDT

HAVANA (AP) -- Senate minority leader Tom Daschle led a U.S. delegation to Cuba on Friday for talks with Fidel Castro's government.

Daschle, D-S.D., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., were greeted by Cuban National Assembly leader Ricardo Alarcon upon landing in Havana.

The three compared Cuba's sweltering climate to the weather in Washington before heading into private talks at in a closed airport lounge. They made no comment to the press, and said nothing of the agenda for the three-day visit.

Ranit Schmelzer, spokeswoman for Daschle, said in Washington the two senators expected to meet with several government officials and other groups. She said she did not know if they would meet with Castro, who marked his 73rd birthday Friday.

Congress is in a one-month summer recess and a number of members are on foreign trips.

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