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Posted February 16, 2009 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Since October 2008 when Brazil President Lula visited Cuba, President Raul Castro has met with ten Presidents.

President Lula da Silva - Brazil
President Hu - China
President Medvedev - Russia (once in Cuba and once in Russia)
President Rafael Correa - Ecuador
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner - Argentina
President José Eduardo dos Santos - Angola
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika - Algeria
President Bachelet - Chile
President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba - Nambia
President Alvaro Colom - Guatemala

In November 2008 President Castro met with China President Hu to restructure debt and that was followed by a trip to Cuba by Russian President Medvedev.

In January 2009 Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa went to Cuba just before Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner met with Raul Castro. The President of Mexico has not yet met with President Castro but the Mexican Senate President did meet with Raul Castro in Cuba.

This month has been a particularly busy month for President Castro. He just got back from his Russia trip where Raul Castro met with the Presidents of Russia, Angola and Algeria.

Then just days after he arrived in Cuba, President Bachelet from Chile arrived in Cuba.

Right after this meeting, Nambian President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba met with President Castro in Cuba in order to officially recognize each others higher education diplomas and to work together on medical issues.

Today the President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, is in Cuba to strengthen bilateral ties as they say.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 17, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Not a Presidential visit but still a noteworthy visitor from Ireland:

    Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin is in Cuba today on the first official visit to the country by an Irish government minister.

    Mr Martin says he wants to bolster relations between Ireland and Cuba and will discuss possible areas of economic co-operation.

    He says Cuba’s relations with the EU have entered a new phase and he will be discussing a number of issues with the country’s officials, including human rights.

    The minister is also due to visit the world-renowned Genetic Engineering and Biotech Institute in Havana.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 21, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Make that 11 Presidents.

    Hugo Chavez just landed in Cuba for a “surprise” visit.

    Maybe he is coming to get some advice from Fidel on how to run a country into the ground over a 50 year period.  (Hugo Chavez recently won a referendum eliminating term limits so now he can run for re-election in 2012.)

    There is a video of Chavez arriving at the airport. He and Raul seem to be getting along now.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 22, 2009 by nacho with 111 total posts

    About the heads of state and other VIPs visiting Cuba, I keep wondering if they go to meet up with a new president that is seen as more open to the rest of the world or to get a photo-op with the “former” president, the cold war relic, the mummy, the Adidas-clad Fidel Castro.

    You’re right, Chavez needs tips on how to rule for 50 years, and also needs to thank Castro for the winning strategy. Maybe even pay a visit to El Rincon, El Cobre and his personal babalawo in Havana.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on March 02, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    And now 12 Presidents

    The Dominican Republic´s President Leonel Fernandez is to arrive in Cuba Monday on an official visit, to foster and enhance ties of friendship and cooperation.

    Fernandez” agenda here includes official talks with his Cuban peer Raul Castro, as well as attendance at the 11th International Economists Meeting on Globalization and Development Problems, Granma newspaper reported today.

    Also on the list is visiting sites of historic, scientific and social interest in this capital and the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

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