Ecuador Seeks Closer Ties with Cuba

HAVANA TIMES, January 7 – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, arrives in Cuba on Wednesday where he will meet with President Raul Castro and Parliament Chairman Ricardo Alarcon. “The official visit to the Cuban capital seeks to promote a new political architecture in the region,” states the Ecuadorian press citing the Foreign Ministry.

Correa is scheduled to visit the Havana based Latin American School of Medical Sciences (ELAM) where numerous Ecuadorians are studying on scholarships. The economist by profession will also lecture at the University of Havana on the topic of Latin American integration and the international financial crisis, states the website.

Correa arrives on the heels of another state visit by Panama’s Martin Torrijos. After he leaves, Cuba will also receive President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina over the weekend and Chile’s Michel Bachelet in February.