Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cuba begins today .- Lula visited Cuba to meet with Raul Castro

MADRID, 31 May. The Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will begin on Tuesday a visit to Cuba, where he plans to meet with that country's president, Raul Castro, and participate in various activities, as reported by official media on the island. Lula will arrive in Havana on Tuesday afternoon (evening in Spain), explained the Cuban newspaper "Granma" in a brief statement.

During his stay will hold a "working meeting" with Castro and "visit places of economic interest," says the note, without specifying details. This is the first visit by Lula since he handed over power on 1 January Dilma Rousseff, his political disciple. The last visit by the leader left the island was made in February 2010, which coincided with the death of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo, after 85 days of hunger strike.

Lula will arrive in Cuba from the Bahamas and is expected to be only two days on the island, as sources have confirmed his press office to Brazilian media. Later, travel to Venezuela where he will meet with President Hugo Chavez on Friday.

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