HAVANA TIMES — Fidel Castro met on Monday in Havana with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff where they discussed the recent expansion of the port of Mariel. Photos of the encounter taken by Fidel’s son Alex Castro appeared in the official cubadebate.cu website.
Rousseff told Castro she is pleased with the performance of the Cuban doctors “working in the most remote areas of Brazil,” reported dpa news.
More than 2,000 additional Cuban doctors began leaving for Brazil on Tuesday, to work in the “More Doctors” program, an agreement signed between the two governments and that includes the Pan American Health Organization. Around 4,000 Cuban physicians were already in Brazil since the last quarter of 2013.
Medical cooperation agreements signify a major currency earner for the Cuban government. Cuba currently holds international missions in 60 countries, where a total of 45,000 doctors are employed. Venezuela and Brazil are now the two with the most Cuban doctors.
The Brazilian government is funding the construction of the port of Mariel with a credit of 809 million dollars, in a second phase of expansion the financing will be increased by 290 million dollars.
On Sunday, Fidel Castro had lunch with the president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, who described the meeting as “memorable” in her account on the social network Twitter, where she published photographs.
Castro also received on Monday the prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller said the official newspaper “Granma”, which published a photo of the meeting.