I hope that this visit will be the starting point to re-launch ties between Cuba and Costa Rica, stated Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of this Central American nation on Monday, December 14, during his speech at the Cuban Academy of History.
Rivera was presented with the Corresponding Foreign Academic degree by the institution, awarded to scholars who despite being neither a Cuban national or resident, have made important contributions to the island’s history.
In his speech, entitled ‘The historic relations between Costa Rica and Cuba,’ the President highlighted Fidel Castro’s visit to his country in 1965 in order to foment support for the revolutionary movement; as well as that of Cuba’s national hero, José Martí and the Bronze Titan Antonio Maceo in the 19th century.
The act was presided by Miguel Díaz-Ca nel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Gus tavo Co breiro, rector of the University of Havana; and Eusebio Leal, Havana City Historian.
Also on the morning of December 14, the Costa Rican President visited facilities associated with the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), one of the principal scientific institutions linked to medicine in Cuba.