Castro arrives in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Cuban
President Fidel Castro arrived in the Dominican Republic on Thursday for a
summit of Caribbean leaders and a state visit.
Castro was greeted by Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez as
he stepped off the Cubana de Aviacion Tupolev airliner which brought him
The 72-year-old revolutionary, who has ruled Cuba for nearly 40 years,
wearing his trademark combat fatigues and peaked cap.
It is Castro's first visit to the neighbouring country. Diplomatic ties,
since 1962, were restored last April. His two-day state visit beginning on
Sunday is preceded by a Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) meeting on the
regional bloc's position in upcoming negotiations with the European Union on
a successor to the Lome Convention on trade.
Cuba, which is seeking stronger alliances with its Caribbean neighbours,
attending as an observer.