November 5, 1998

Haitian president to meet with Castro in Cuba

                  PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian President Rene Preval will travel to
                  Cuba Monday to meet with Cuban President Fidel Castro, government
                  officials said Thursday.

                  Preval's seven-day visit to Cuba is intended to strengthen cooperation
                  between the two countries.

                  Castro had invited Preval to visit Cuba when the two leaders met in the
                  Dominican Republic during a meeting of Caribbean heads of state in August.

                  Among the topics the two presidents will discuss are health, agriculture,
                  tourism, sports and cultural exchanges.

                  Haiti and Cuba renewed diplomatic relations in February 1996, just before
                  Preval assumed office.

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