President Raul Castro in Caracas for ALBA Summit
VENEZUELA, April 19, 2010. Cuban president Raúl Castro heads the delegation of his country to the festivities for the bicentennial of Venezuelan independence and to the 9th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America and Trade Treaty of the Peoples.
The summit is a follow-up of the agreements adopted in the previous meeting held in Havana, on December, 2009.
The Cuban delegation is formed also by Ramiro Valdes, Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministres and Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice President of the Council of Ministres, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Relations and Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment.
At his arrival in Caracas, Raul Castro extolled the coincidence of historical facts to be marked this Monday, as the Bicentennial of Independence and the defeat of the mercenary invasion sponsored by the United States in 1961. Another event, said the Cuban president is the ALBA summit, integrationist bloc founded in 2004.
The Cuban leader sent a greeting to the Venezuelan people and recalled his first visit to Caracas, in July, 1953.(Cubaminrex- PL)