Havana, Sep 21 – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa met Friday with Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, and President Raúl Castro, who saw him off today at the airport in Havana.
Shortly after midnight, Correa told the accredited press he had talked with Fidel for more than two hours, during his one-day visit to the country.
‘It is always an honor and very pleasing to share with someone who is part of Latin America’s living history’, he said.
The Head of State, accompanied by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ricardo Patiño, explained that the objective of his visit was to get to know in-depth the Cuban health care system and its sustainability, focusing on medical care for people with special needs.
He remarked that Cuba invests nine percent of its GDP in health care, while Ecuador invests around seven per cent.
‘I think we have had extraordinary results, but we need to be more efficient”, Correa affirmed regarding Ecuador’s efforts to improve the quality of health care.
He also announced that Ecuador will cooperate with Cuba in the construction of about 1560 dwellings for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba.
Miguel Díaz-Canel, First Vice-President of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Edgar Ponce, Ecuadorian ambassador, were also at the airport to see the President off.
Source: Prensa Latina