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Cuba: Cuban President Visits Maduro in Venezuela

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Caracas today to meet his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, on his first official trip abroad since he assumed the presidency in mid-April, reported dpa.

“We bring a fraternal and solidary message from the people of Cuba to the Venezuelan people and to President Nicolas Maduro,” said Diaz-Canel upon his arrival in Caracas.

It is expected that the Venezuelan President, Cuba’s most important political and economic ally, will receive Diaz-Canel this afternoon at the Miraflores Palace.

Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami received Diaz-Canel at the airport.  The Cuban leader traveled accompanied by his wife Lis Cuesta.

“I’m very happy to be in Venezuela; Long live the Bolivarian revolution and President Maduro,” said Diaz-Canel.

“All the recognition and congratulations for the overwhelming success achieved in the victory in the elections,” the Cuban said after landing. Maduro ran virtually unopposed, in the May 20th presidential elections that were boycotted by the main opposition. and were not recognized by the United States, the Union European Union and the countries of the Lima Group.

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