The President of the Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba, arrived in the country last night. Photo: Ismael Batista

The President of the Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba, arrived in the Cuban capital on the evening of Thursday, July 6, on an official visit to the island.

The president was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra, together with other Foreign Ministry officials and staff of the Gabonese Embassy in Havana.

During his stay on the island, the distinguished visitor will hold official talks with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers.

Ondimba, who was sworn in as president in 2009, will also visit the Cuban Parliament, where he will be received by Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power. As part of his activities on the island, the African leader will lay a floral wreath in the capital’s Parque de los Próceres Africanos (African National Heroes Park).

Born in the year in which the Cuban Revolution triumphed, Ondimba previously held the posts of Personal Representative and later High Personal Representative of the President of the Republic.

In May, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla held official talks with the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of La Francophonie and Regional Integration, Pacôme Moubelet-Boubeya, during an official visit to the island.

In a friendly meeting, both foreign ministers discussed the positive progress of bilateral relations and expressed their willingness to continue developing these. They also addressed issues of interest on the international agenda.