Puerto Rico has stepped toward opening a business office in Cuba, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said on Saturday, on the sidelines of a Caribbean summit in Havana.

Garcia Padilla is the principal sitting Puerto Rican representative in history to visit Cuba, a “benefit” he said, telling columnist that neighborhood authorities and people in general had treated him warmly.

Garcia Padilla touched base in Havana on Thursday to go to as an onlooker Saturday’s summit of the Association of Caribbean States, which incorporates as individuals and partner individuals basically all Caribbean Basin countries, and in addition various islands that are not free.

“We have had gatherings with different clergymen, and the previous evening I had the chance to impart some words to President Raul Castro,” Garcia Padilla said.

“We had on the plan and accomplished finding a way to open an office of Puerto Rico in Havana. What these workplaces do is advance exchange and social trades,” he said.

Puerto Rico has encountered a decrease in tourism because of the Zika pandemic. It is required to endure further when U.S. tourism opens up with Cuba.

Garcia Padilla said while Zika was a risk to pregnant ladies and those wanting to wind up pregnant, it generally spoke to no peril for guests,

General wellbeing, and specifically endeavors in both nations to stem the spread of the Zika infection, was by and by on the senator’s motivation.

“We had some underlying talks about how we can help each other … as we generally do with Caribbean nations to manage common fiascos,” Garcia Padilla said.

In spite of the fact that various U.S. governors have gone to Cuba since the two nations reported détente in December 2014, reestablished political relations six months after the fact and started chats on a various of issues, Puerto Rico has an exceptional hugeness for both nations.

The two Caribbean islands were Spanish settlements until the Spanish-American war of 1898, when they disregarded to the United States. Cuba was immediately allowed freedom, while Puerto Rico remained a unincorporated region and in 1952 turned into a province of the United States.

Since the 1959 Revolution, Cuba has made backing for Puerto Rican autonomy a key a portion of its outside approach regardless of rehashed votes in Puerto Rico to keep up its status.

“The eventual fate of Puerto Rico relies on upon Puerto Ricans, much the same as Cuba’s future relies on upon what the Cubans choose,” said Garcia Padilla, who does not support freedom.