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Cuba Welcomes the King of Spain on Havana’s 500th Anniversary

“Long live Felipe, long live Spain,” exclaimed dozens of surprised Cubans on Tuesday when they saw King Felipe touring Old Havana to see the Cathedral and other emblematic sites of the monarchy’s former colony up close.  It is the first State visit of a Spanish King to Cuba, reported Reuters.

Earlier, Felipe VI and his wife Letizia met with President Miguel Diaz-Canel and placed a wreath on the monument to Jose Marti, a hero of the independence of Cuba in the 19th century. Doing so is protocol for all visiting dignitaries.

The king held talks behind closed doors with Diaz-Canel, in which they agreed to continue developing bilateral political and economic relations, Cuba’s state media said afterwards. Spain is Cuba’s third largest trading partner and one of its main investors.

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