Migrant crisis hangs over Costa Rican president’s visit to Cuba

Cubans migrants rest at a shelter in La Cruz

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis arrived in Cuba on Sunday with plans to increase trade overshadowed by what to do with nearly 5,000 Cuban migrants stranded in his country.

The Cubans began arriving a month ago on their dangerous 7,000-km (4,400-mile) overland trek from Ecuador to the Mexican-U.S. border, where Cubans are given legal passage into the United States.

In brief comments to reporters on his arrival, Solis, holding a small Cuban flag, said his trip was meant to complete Costa Rica’s normalization with Cuba, extend his country’s outreach to the Caribbean and promote trade.

When a reporter asked about the migrants, Solis responded, “That will be one of the topics on the agenda.”