OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

President Raúl Castro Ruz met Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on the first day of his official visit to the North African country, to discuss ways to perfect relations between the two countries and expand bilateral trade, according to AIN.

Additionally attending the meeting, which also included a review of challenging international and regional issues, were Algeria’s Foreign Minister Ramtan Lamamra, and Health Minister Abdelmalek Budiaf.

This is the Cuban President’s third visit to Algeria, having previously visited in February and July of 2009, and comes as a result of an invitation from the country’s President.

Cuba established relations with Algeria in 1962, the first country in Latin America to do so, while Cuba’s first international medical brigade was sent to the country in May of 1963.