Raul Castro sees off South African President

News from Cuba | Thursday, 9 December 2010

Cuban President Raul Castro saw off his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who said he was very impressed by the spirit of internationalism of the Cuban people.

Zuma, before departing from Havana airport, said internationalism sets Cubans apart from the rest of the world and that he will tell South Africans about the qualities of the Cuban people.

He added that he was very happy of having met Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro during this visit.

Zuma arrived in Cuba for a four day visit last Sunday for the first time after becoming president. He met with Raul, was granted the Jose Marti Order and closed the Cuba-South Africa Entrepreneurial Forum.

Among other activities he laid floral wreaths to the bust of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti, and to the Pantheon of the Cuban Internationalists fallen for the independence of other peoples, at the Cristobal Colon Cemetery.

His visit aimed at strengthening the political bonds with Cuba, and to increase bilateral economical and commercial relations. South African media outlets reported these goals had been met.

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