Cuban VP, Salvadoran FM meet in Havana

10:10, July 11, 2010      

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Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo met on Saturday visiting Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez Bonilla, who arrived here on Thursday to prepare for Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes' first trip to Havana.

"During the meeting, both leaders expressed their satisfaction with the current state of the bilateral relations, after a year of the restoration of the political and diplomatic ties between the two countries," a press release said.

Salvadoran Foreign Minister and his Cuban counterpart signed on Friday two bilateral cooperation agreements on health and education after talks.

Martinez Bonilla played down on extradition of Salvadoran Francisco Chavez Abarca to Havana by Venezuela, who was accused of terrorist attacks in Cuban hotels in 1997. He said Salvadoran government would only provide consular assistance to the prisoner, and added that they would collaborate with the Cuban authorities during the investigation.

This is Martinez Bonilla's second official visit to Cuba.

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes' first political step after taking office in June 2009 was to reestablish the diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of non-official contacts and now he is making efforts to enhance the collaboration ties between the two Latin American nations.



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