Yesterday, May 11, Cuba’s President, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, received his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, at the Palacio de la Revolución government headquarters in Havana. The French leader is making an official visit to the country.
During the cordial meeting, the two leaders discussed the positive state of bilateral relations, and the ample potential for further developing these ties in various sectors. They also addressed other international issues of mutual interest.
On this historic trip, the first made by a French head of state to Cuba, President Hollande is accompanied by a broad delegation, including Jean-Pierre Bell, Presidential envoy for Latin America and the Caribbean; Jacques Audibert, Presidential advisor; and Jean-Marie Bruno, French ambassador in Cuba. Also participating on the Cuban side were Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a Council of Ministers vice president; Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Relations; Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, minister of Foreign Trade and Investment; and Héctor Igarza Cabrera, Cuba’s ambassador in France.