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Colombia, Cuba boost relations

Colombian foreign minister in Havana
01 April 2006

Havana, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco arrived on Friday in Havana on a work visit media described as a contribution to strengthen bilateral relations.

The Colombian FM was welcomed at Jose Marti International Airport by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rafael Dausa.

Relations between Cuba and Colombia are fluid and transparent, based on respect and non-interference in internal affairs, local media said.

Minister Barco"s visit will contribute to broaden relations between both countries, Granma daily stressed.

During her stay in the Island through Sunday, Barco will meet with her Cuban counterpart Felipe Perez Roque.

Barco is accompanied by ministers of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Jorge Humberto Botero, and Energy and Mining Luis Ernesto Mejia, as well as High Commissioner for Peace Luis Carlos Restrepo.

The Colombian FM and her entourage will meet with other Cuban officials and visit places of economic and historic interest.

Before traveling to Cuba, Barco told Prensa Latina that bilateral links boast an excellent level. She highlighted progress made in cooperation in the fields of education, culture and science and technology, among others.


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