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Farrakhan Visits Cuba to Learn About Disaster Relief Programs

Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan is visiting Cuba to learn about the island's disaster relief programs.

The leader of the Nation of Islam sect arrived in Havana Monday with a delegation and was met at the airport by Cuban National Assembly speaker Ricardo Alarcon.

Farrakhan said he was visiting Cuba to try to learn as much as possible and "spread the knowledge" among impoverished U.S. black, Hispanic and Native American communities.

The government of Cuban President Fidel Castro offered to send doctors to the United States to help Hurricane Katrina victims. The State Department said Cuba's help was not needed.

Last October, Minister Farrakhan accused the U.S. government of what he called "criminal neglect," for the slow response to the Katrina disaster.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.