Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received Luis Guillermo Solís, President of the Republic of Costa Rica this Tuesday, December 15, during an official visit to the island.
In a cordial atmosphere, the two leaders exchanged views on the good state of bilateral relations and agreed on the desire to strengthen them. They also discussed various issues on the international agenda.
During the meeting, the issue of the presence of Cuban migrants in Costa Rica was addressed. President Raúl reiterated that the so-called “wet foot-dry foot” policy, the “Parole Program for Cuban Medical Personnel” in third countries and the “Cuban Adjustment Act” encourage illegal migration, are discriminatory with respect to other countries in the region and create serious problems for our nations and the United States itself.
Both leaders agreed on the need to find an appropriate solution as soon as possible that takes into account the welfare of Cuban citizens and helps ensure legal, safe and orderly migration.
Raúl reiterated that those Cubans currently in Costa Rica who wish to return to the island have every right to do so, as established by the country’s immigration law.
Accompanying the distinguished visitor were Manuel A. González Sanz, minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodrigo Carreras Jiménez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to Cuba and several members of the accompanying delegation.
Participating on the Cuban side were Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Affairs and other government leaders.