February 12, 2009

Raúl Receives Chilean President


On the afternoon of Wednesday February 11 at the Palace of the Revolution, President Raúl Castro Ruz received Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet Jeria, president of the Republic of Chile, who began an official visit to Cuba on Tuesday.

Following the protocol reception ceremony, the two leaders held official talks that lasted almost two hours and in the ambience of friendship, trust and mutual respect that currently characterizes relations between the two countries.

With respect to bilateral relations, the two presidents expressed their satisfaction at the progress achieved and confirmed their decision to continue strengthening ties in a variety of fields, particularly the economic sector, on a basis that will benefit both peoples.

They also exchanged opinions on regional and global issues and in particular the international economic crisis and its consequences for Latin America.