[Marxism] ACN Raul and Lula Hold Official Talks

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 19 19:12:53 MST 2008


Raul and Lula Hold Official Talks

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 19 (acn) Cuban President Raul Castro and his Brazilian 
counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva presided over official talks on 
Thursday between delegations from both countries at the Planalto Palace, 
venue of the Brazilian government.

According to Granma news daily, the exchange was frank and fraternal and 
both leaders expressed their joy and satisfaction at the development of 
bilateral relations in all areas, particularly in the political and 
economic fields.

One of the most important topics discussed was the integration and 
development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Raul congratulated Lula on the success of the First Latin American and 
Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development that took place this 
week in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, which also hosted summits of the Rio 
Group, the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) and the Union of South 
American Nations (UNASUR).

For his part, Lula said he was satisfied with Raul’s visit to Brazil and 
reiterated his joy because of Cuba’s entry into the Rio Group as a full 
member.

He also ratified the rejection of his government and people of the US 
economic blockade of Cuba and added that they will continue working in 
all international meetings to end this criminal measure.


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     WALTER LIPPMANN
     Havana, Cuba
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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