On the afternoon of March 2, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received His Excellency Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, who is making an official visit to the country.
During the friendly encounter, the two leaders discussed the positive state of bilateral relations, celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, and their desire to gradually strengthen trade, economic and cooperation ties. They also addressed topics of mutual interest on the international agenda.
The distinguished visitor was accompanied by Helmut Freudenschuss, ambassador and diplomatic advisor to the Federal President; Andreas Schieder, chairman of the Austrian Social Democratic Party parliamentary group; Reinhold Lopatka, leader of the Austrian People’s Party parliamentary group, and Gerlinde Paschinger, Austrian ambassador to Cuba.
Participating on the Cuban side were Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a Council of Ministers vice president, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, ministers of Foreign Relations and Foreign Trade and Investment, respectively, as well as Yolanda Ferrer Gómez, director of International Relations of the National Assembly of People’s Power.