On the afternoon of February 15, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of Sate and Ministers of Cuba, received His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, making an official visit to the country.
In a cordial atmosphere, both dignitaries discussed the good state of bilateral relations and highlighted opportunities to promote economic, trade and cooperation exchanges. They also addressed issues on the international agenda.
The distinguished visitor was accompanied by David Stanton, minister of State for Justice at the Department of Justice and Equality; Sonja Hyland, Irish Ambassador to Cuba; Art O´Leary, secretary-general to the President; Niall Burgess, secretary-general and minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Claire Power, advisor of the Office of the President; and Philip Hamell, assistant secretary-general at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Participating on the Cuban side were ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Justice, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and María Esther Reus González, respectively, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra Díaz.