HAVANA TIMES — The presidents of Brazil and Bolivia, Dilma Rousseff and Evo Morales, arrived Sunday in Cuba to take part in the CELAC summit on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rousseff arrived in Havana shortly before three in the afternoon, followed shortly after by Morales. Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner , arrived on Saturday.
The Cuban government hopes to receive for the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) heads of state and government and representatives from 33 countries of the region. The next presidents expected to arrive are Haiti’s Michel Martelly and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela.
Fernandez, who reappeared in public a few days ago after a month’s absence, met with Fidel Castro for lunch today at the home of the 87-year-old former Cuban president, reported Argentine media
The previous meeting between the two politicians was in January 2013, when Cristina came to the island to check on the health of Hugo Chavez. Fidel Castro reappeared in public a few weeks ago in Havana after nine months of absence.
According to Cuban media, Fernandez will join Rousseff on Monday at the opening of the container terminal at the port of Mariel, about 25 miles west of Havana.
The expansion of Mariel is one of the major infrastructure projects of Cuba in recent years and has been largely financed by a loan from Brazil.