HAVANA – Cuban President Raul Castro met with Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, the head of the government of the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, in Havana.
Castro and Nuñez Feijoo discussed economic relations between the island and the Spanish region during a 90-minute meeting on Saturday, the last day of the Galician politician’s visit to Cuba.
The two men discussed the possibility of cooperating in the agricultural, biotechnology, energy, technology, transportation and tourism areas, the Galician official said.
“The president (Castro) told me that he has much interest in doing lots of things with Galicia. He literally told me, ‘given that we’ve started a new stage with Spain, the things we do with Spain, I’d like to do them with Galicia,’” Nuñez Feijoo said.
Angel Castro, the father of Fidel and Raul Castro, was from Galicia and emigrated to Cuba as a young man, like thousands of other Galicians.
Nuñez Feijoo said he and Castro, who previously met in December 2013, discussed “the evolution of Cuba during these years” and the island’s “new relationship” with the United States.
“We agreed to identify the areas where we can make progress, what we can do. We agreed to exchange a document between the Xunta (Galicia’s regional government) and the vice president’s office for the economy next week,” the Spanish politician said.
More than 500,000 Galicians, according to the regional government’s figures, live abroad, with 70 percent born in the diaspora, that is, they are the children or grandchildren of emigrants.
About 30,000 Galicians live in Cuba, although only 500 were born in the Spanish region.