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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Ecuadorian President to Visit Cuba

Havana, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa begins today an official visit to Cuba until January 10, invited by Cuban President Raul Castro.

Granma daily says the visit honors the historic friendship and collaboration between both peoples and will tighten bilateral ties and cooperation in health care, education, energy conservation, science and technology, sports and investments.

Accompanied by several ministers, including Fander Falconi for foreign affairs, President Correa will meet with his Cuban peer Raul Castro and Ricardo Alarcon, head of the National Assembly of the People's Power (Parliament).

A release by the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry says this first trip overseas by President Correa in 2009 is aimed at bracing Ecuador's geopolitical stand.

During his stay, Correa will attend a conference at Havana's University on Latin American integration and the Global Monetary Crisis and will tour LABIOFAM Biological and Pharmaceutical Labs and the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

He will also meet with Ecuadorian students from the Latin American School of Medicine that will host will Saturday's radio broadcast.

Upon announcing his trip, the head of state noted its coincidence with the 50th anniversary of the victorious arrival in Havana of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and the Rebel Army.

The visiting mission in addition to the president and foreign minister is made up of the ministers for politics, education, culture, electricity, renewable energy, agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and fishing, labor, production and sports.

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