HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 29 (ACN) Bruno Rodriguez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, will be received this Monday by his Costa Rican counterpart Manuel Ventura, as part of the program foreseen in the official three-day visit of the Cuban diplomat.
The meeting will take place in the Casa Amarilla, the headquarters of the local chancellery, and according to what has been said, the meeting is described as an opportunity to strengthen ties between Costa Rica and Cuba in the different areas of political dialogue, cooperation and economic and cultural exchanges.
Rodríguez arrived this Sunday in the capital of the Central American nation, where he constitutes the first bilateral visit of a Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between San José and Havana, on March 18, 2009.
After paying tribute to José Martí in the National Park, Rodríguez met separately at the Cuban embassy in San José with members of Costa Rican popular organizations in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution and with Cubans residing in this Central American nation.
According to a report from Prensa Latina, both meetings were characterized by the support of the participants to the Cuban revolutionary process and the condemnation of the new measures of the administration of the president of the United States against Cuba to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade that it has maintained for almost six decades.
The Cuban FM described the meetings on Twitter as a fruitful and pleasant conversation about Cuba, in which he ratified that Cuba will continue to work to strengthen ties with our nationals abroad.
Cuba recognizes and appreciates Costa Rica's continued support with its vote in favor of the Cuban resolution against the U.S. blockade, presented annually at the United Nations General Assembly.
During this visit a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the Ministry of Education of Cuba and the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica.
Relations between the peoples of Cuba and Costa Rica are historical and date back to Martí's efforts to bring the Necessary War to Cuba, when he visited the Central American nation several times, where the Maceo brothers, Flor Crombet and other patriots were in exile.
Official relations between Costa Rica and Cuba were established in 1907 with the appointment of a Consul General and were formalized in 1911 with the accreditation of a Chargé d'Affaires of our country.
Costa Rica has severed diplomatic relations with Cuba on two occasions, on September 10, 1961, following the adoption of the socialist character of the Revolution, the attacks of the OAS and the mandate of U.S. imperialism.
They were retaken at consular level on February 22, 1977, and were broken again on May 11, 1981 due to disagreements over alleged political prisoners in Cuba.
In 1999 they were taken up again at the consular level and on June 26, 2009 they were fully re-established, Costa Rica being the last country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so.