New Brazilian President receives Cuba’s First Vice President

News from Cuba | Monday, 3 January 2011

The newly inaugurated President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, formally received Cuban First Vice president, José Ramón Machado Ventura at the presidential palace, Palacio de Planalto, in Brasilia.

The meeting with the Cuban statesman was one of the newly elected Presidents first diplomatic acts.

During their meeting, Rousseff and Machado Ventura decided to increase their aid to Haiti to support the struggle against cholera by stopping the spread of the disease throughout the country.

Cases of Cholera have already been reported in the Dominican Republic.

Both leaders also briefly discussed bilateral relations between their countries, in particular cooperation in the construction of a port a Mariel, near the Cuban capital plus Brazilian support to develop the cultivation of soya on the Island.

Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, the Cuban Council of State Secretary, Homero Acosta and Cuba’s ambassador also attended the meeting.

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