Fidel Castro and Rene Preval Held Official Talks in Havana

Havana, April 14 (ACN) Cuban President Fidel Castro and Haiti's President-elect Rene Preval held official talks on Thursday, in Havana. During the friendly, respectful and brotherly meeting, both leaders reviewed the present state of bilateral relations and dealt with different aspects of their country's links of cooperation, begun during Preval's first presidential term from 1996 to 2001, as well as other topics of common interest, Granma newspaper reports.
Earlier in the day, Preval, accompanied by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, placed a flower wreath at the Jose Marti Memorial, in Havana's Revolution Square. Preval and his delegation later visited the new University of Computer Sciences (UCI).
In a brief conversation with journalists covering the visit, Preval stated that the future of Haiti is very strongly linked to the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean; he defended this approach as the only possible path to development.
Rene Preval is scheduled to be sworn in as president of Haiti on May 14. He arrived to Cuba on Wednesday fulfilling an invitation by President Fidel Castro.
The Cubans taking part in the official talks included Communist Party Political Bureau members Carlos Lage, Jose Ramon Balaguer and Yadira Garcia; Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque; Marta Lomas, the minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation; as well as State Council member Carlos Valenciaga.
Also present were Maria del Carmen Perez, interim minister of Agriculture, Yiliam Jimenez, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Alejandro Gonzalez, director for Latin and America and the Caribbean at the Foreign Ministry, and Raul Barzaga , the Cuban ambassador to Haiti.