Cuban President Raul Castro will make his first state visit to Mexico in November, coming to Merida in a sign of revival of bilateral relations that began after the return to power of the Mexican party which backed Havana since the triumph of the revolution.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Castro will be in Mexico November 5-7 and meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto in Merida.
The Merida meetings between Castro and Peña Nieto, on bilateral trade and other subjects, are scheduled to take place in the Yucatan State Palace of Government and hotels in the neighborhood around Paseo de Montejo and Avenida Colón.
Since taking office in 2006, replacing his brother Fidel, Raul Castro had not visited Mexico.
“This state visit has a special significance, to be part of a relationship that is dear to both countries and is going through an excellent phase following the relaunch initiated by the two governments in November 2013,” said the Mexican Foreign Ministry.
Mexico and Cuba lived nearly a decade of ups and downs when the country was ruled by the conservative National Action Party.
But bilateral relations began to take a new direction after the return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) when Peña Nieto won the presidency in 2012. That party had ruled the country for seven decades until 2000, when for the first time the opposition took office.
Except during the presidency of Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000), PRI governments always had a relationship of respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of Cuba, a position that was not followed during the administration of the National Action Party.
Peña Nieto visited Cuba in early 2014.
Source: Diario de Yucatan
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