The historic summit meeting in Merida between Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico could foreshadow closer economic and tourism ties between the two countries.
Experts speculated that the Merida summit Nov. 5-7 could usher in a new era of close cooperation between Mexico and Cuba, whose relations soured in the early 2000s after a spat between then presidents Vicente Fox of Mexico and Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
At the Merida summit, Raul Castro and Peña Nieto, along with their entourages, appeared together at various meetings and events, including a welcoming ceremony at Yucatan’s Palace of Government. The two presidents looked to be enjoying each other’s company.
While immigration of Cubans to Mexico was on the agenda, human rights issues were reportedly kept on the back burner.
With more than 1,000 soldiers, police and other security officals patrolling throughout Merida, the two presidents also discussed topics such as trade and investment, and tourism links between the two countries.
The high-profile event and the surrounding security led to some traffic tie-ups and other inconveniences, but Meridanos seemed to take the summit’s fallout largely in stride.
After a formal state dinner on Friday at Quinta Montes Molina on Paseo de Montejo, the summit concluded Saturday, with the two presidents departing Merida to return separately to Mexico City and Havana.
By Robert Adams for TYT
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