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Visiting Colombia President Honors Jose Marti

Juan Manuel Santos arrived in Cuba on Sunday and was received by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra, at the Jose Marti International Airport

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Santos will also hold official talks with his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro. (Photo taken from plenglish.com)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos paid tribute today to the Cuban National Hero Jose Marti in the Memorial of the Revolution Square, accompanied by the Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra.
 

Later, Santos will hold official talks with his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro.

On this same day, Santos, along with some 20 Colombian businessmen in the sectors of construction, packaging, agribusiness, food, electricity and electronics, engineering and services Oil, and energy and chemicals, participated in a Cuba-Colombia Business Forum held at the National Hotel of Cuba.

Likewise, Santos and his official delegation will attend in the afternoon in a tribute to the Nobel Prize in Literature (1982) Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the Palace of Marquis of Arcos located in Old Havana, according to a press release from the Colombian government.

Cuba and Colombia reestablished diplomatic relations definitively on October 28, 1993, after several breaking-off: in 1961, due to the isolation policy to the Cuban Revolution, and in 1981, under Alberto Lleras´s term.

At present, both nations hold a friendly exchange of mutual respect, in which he stressed the role of Cuba as guarantor and venue of the Conversation Talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), in order to reach the signing of the Final Peace Agreement in that nation.

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Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, will meet today here with his Cuban peer, Raul Castro, at the Revolution Palace, in the context of his current official visit to the island.

Prior to the meeting, the president of that South American nation will pay tribute to National Hero, Jose Marti, and receive the official welcome.

Santos’ agenda includes the holding of a business forum to identify bilateral business opportunities.

The tribute to 1982 Nobel Prizewinner in Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is also part of the activities of the delegation of the South American country, the website of the Colombian Presidency posts.

Santos’ visit takes place when the relationships are in a moment of friendly exchange and mutual respect, according to Cuban official sources.

Cuba was the permanent headquarters and guarantor of the dialogue between representatives of the government of Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP).

After four years of talks, both sides signed an agreement to end the armed conflict, considered as an important step in the strengthening of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Peace Zone.

Upon his arrival in Cuba yesterday, Santos and his delegation were received by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra, at the Jose Marti International Airport in this capital.

 



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