Castro to meet Hollande in Paris

2016-01-18 19:08
Cuban President Raul Castro. (Marcelino Velazquez, AFP)

Cuban President Raul Castro. (Marcelino Velazquez, AFP)

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Paris - Cuban President Raul Castro will meet his counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on February 1, the French presidency said on Monday.

The visit will mark "a new step in the reinforcement of relations between the two countries", the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

Hollande travelled to Cuba in May, becoming the first Western leader to visit the country for more than 50 years.

It was announced last month that Castro would make an official state visit to France.

The visits follow the end of the half-century diplomatic freeze between Cuba and the United States.

During his trip to Cuba, Hollande called for US economic sanctions to be lifted, saying they had "harmed" the island nation.

Read more on:    francois hollande  |  raul castro  |  france  |  cuba

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