Cuba’s First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez and Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra welcomed Rafael Correa at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa Delgado arrived in Havana on Thursday afternoon to continue his official visit to the Caribbean nation, where he will receive on Friday the Jose Marti Medal,
highest distinction granted by the Council of State to renowned foreign figures.
Cuba’s First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez and Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra welcomed Rafael Correa at the Jose Marti International Airport.
Thursday morning the Ecuadoran Head of State paid tribute and was very moved before the Monuments of Cuba’s National Hero Jose Marti and the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro which was Correa’s last visit as President of that sister nation.
After paying tribute to Marti and Fidel, he thanked Cuba for its inspiration, example and opportunity of visiting history. Correa was declared “Illustrious Son” of the city of Santiago de Cuba,
the highest recognition granted by the Municipal Assembly of the Peoples Power on behalf of the heroic eastern city.
The Ecuadoran Head of State has several degrees as economist and politician, among them 14 Honorary Degrees from different universities worldwide and is the leader of the Citizen’s Revolution (Revolucion Ciudadana) in his country, movement that was victorious in the recent elections headed by Lenin Moreno.
Correa also visited the historic July 26th Museum, former Moncada Military Garrison and the Abel Santamaria Urban Center in Santiago de Cuba, where Ecuador contributed in the construction of 560 apartments in 28 five floor buildings for families that lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
President Rafael Correa will receive the Doctorate Honorary Degree on Friday from the University of Havana, will meet with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, and later he will receive the Jose Marti Medal, highest distinction granted by the Council of State for having carried out great feats in favor of peace and humanity.