|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Bolivia

Fidel Castro welcomes Evo Morales with full honors
HAVANA (EFE) – Cuba’s Fidel Castro ordered full state honors Friday for the visit of Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales,

who chose the Communist-ruled island as the destination of his first trip abroad after a resounding win in the Dec. 18 election.

Morales traveled to Havana with a delegation of some 60 people to meet with Castro, who was waiting for him at the bottom of the stairs of the Cuban airliner that brought the Bolivian to Havana.

In brief statements to the press, the leftist who will become Bolivia’s first Indian president when he is sworn in on Jan. 22, said his visit translates into “a joy, an emotion, a friendship with the Cuban people.”

Morales, who made the trip on Castro’s invitation, had visited the island several times in the past, most recently in April, when he was operated on for a knee he injured playing soccer.

The Bolivian president-elect’s “friendly visit” was confirmed in an official communiqué the Cuban government released Thursday.

“Evo Morales’ presence honors and pleases our people, and constitutes an important stimulus that strengthens the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the government of Cuba and the next government of Bolivia,” the statement said.

It also said that in the course of the visit, Morales and his delegation would hold working sessions with Castro and other Cuban officials.

At campaign rallies, Morales referred to both Castro and Venezuela’s leftist president, Hugo Chávez, as brothers in the struggle against U.S. “imperialism.” He also devoted plenty of rhetoric to excoriating the policies of the Bush administration.

Morales will be spending barely a day in Cuba, as he plans to return home Saturday in time to celebrate the New Year’s holiday in Orinoca, the small Andean village where he was born.

The president-elect, who garnered nearly 54 percent of the vote on Dec. 18 amid the highest turnout in a decade, will be out of Bolivia for much of the time between now and his Jan. 22 inauguration. Morales is to meet in Madrid on Jan. 4 with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero before traveling to Paris for bilateral talks, and then on to Brussels for a get-acquainted session with officials of the European Union.

He is scheduled to arrive in South Africa on Jan. 7, and his agenda there includes an encounter with the country’s first post-apartheid leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

After spending Jan. 10-12 in China, Morales will head back to Bolivia via Brazil, where he will meet with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who – like the Bolivian – grew up in dire poverty and has little in the way of formal education.

Morales’ team has drawn up an eclectic guest list for his Jan. 22 inauguration, including 130 heads of state and government, 180 leaders of social-action groups, and notables such as Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona, literary lions Gabriel García Márquez, José Saramago and Nobel peace laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Rigoberta Menchú.


 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2020 © All rights reserved