Maduro met today with Raúl Castro during a surprise visit to Havana

Maduro met today with Raúl Castro during a surprise visit to Havana

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, left Havana today after an unannounced visit whose duration is unknown and in the course of which he met with the former president and leader of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, only legal), Raúl Castro .

Maduro was fired in the afternoon of Tuesday at the José Martí International Airport in Havana by Castro, according to a brief note from the state Cuban News Agency, which states that the general "conveyed a greeting from the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel , that at those moments headed a meeting of the Council of Ministers ".

The report adds only that the visit coincides with the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Cuba-Venezuela cooperation agreement instituted by the deceased former president of Cuba Fidel Castro , and the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.

The stay of the Venezuelan leader was not announced, so it is unknown how much time has passed on the island, where the presence of the Venezuelan economic vice president, Tareck El Aissami, was reported on the occasion of the 36th International Fair of Havana, the largest commercial and investment bank of the country.

The Aissami did meet with Diaz-Canel, according to an official note released on Tuesday by state media, which indicates that they discussed "the bonds of friendship that characterize bilateral relations" and "the main aspects of economic, commercial and of cooperation "between both nations.

The Cuban president reiterated to Vice President El Aissami "the full and unbreakable solidarity" of the island with the South American country and its "unrestricted support" to President Nicolás Maduro, with which -according to official information available- it is deduced that he would not have met on this visit.

Venezuela is the main political ally of Cuba and in the last decade it has also been its largest economic partner, although the crisis in the South American country has led to a decline in trade and the collapse of oil shipments at subsidized prices provided by Caracas to Havana.

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