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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cuba's Raul Castro meets with Ecuadorean vice president

May 26, 2007.
HAVANA (AP via PR-inside) Acting Cuban President Raul Castro met with Ecuador's vice president to discuss ways to strengthen already warm relations between the two countries, state media reported Saturday.

The Communist Party newspaper Granma said Lenin Moreno spoke with Castro on Friday afternoon, discussing bilateral issues and «other topics of interest to the situation in Latin America and the rest of the world.» It provided few further details.

The Ecuadorean vice president expressed his admiration for Fidel Castro, who stepped down in favor of a provisional government headed by his 75-year-old brother Raul in late July.

«All Ecuadoreans are ... aware that his health is improving,» Moreno said of Fidel Castro. «May he recuperate, not only for the benefit of his people, the Cubans, but for the spirit of all of Latin America.»

The 80-year-old Fidel has not been seen in public since announcing he had undergone a series of emergency intestinal surgeries and was temporarily stepping aside. His condition and exact ailment remain state secrets, though top officials have insisted for months that he is improving.

Cuba's convalescing «maximum leader» has signed 12 written essays in recent weeks, releasing one Friday that slammed U.S. President George W. Bush for securing funding from Congress to continue the war in Iraq without setting a timetable for troop withdrawal.

Ecuador President Rafael Correa is a Castro supporter who has said he'd like to come to the island and meet with the Cuban leader while he recuperates. 

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