Raul Castro Receives Heads of State and Government of ACS Summit.    

Raul Castro Receives Heads of State and Government of ACS Summit

Havana, June 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro, welcomed each one of the heads of state and government, visiting Cuba on the occasion of the Seventh Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), reported today Granma newspaper.

According to the newspaper, the largest circulation on the island, the president met Saturday with the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Trinidad and Tobago, Mark Rutte and Keith Christopher, respectively, and the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales.

The meeting with Rutte, also Minister of General Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, took place in a cordial atmosphere, in which both leaders discussed the positive bilateral relations and ratified their willingness to foster links in areas of common interest, said the note.

Also he explained in the quote the constructive role of the Netherlands, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, for the advancement of relations between Cuba and the bloc was recognized.

As for the meeting with the Trinidadian Prime Minister Granma said it was useful for the leaders to verify the good political, diplomatic and bilateral cooperation and exchange on regional and international issues of common interest.

Similarly, Raul Castro and Morales reviewed the state of relations between Cuba and Guatemala, and reiterated the will of their respective governments to strengthen the ties between the two nations, the paper added.

The Netherlands is one of the eight associate members of the AEC, regional mechanism established in 1994, representing the Caribbean territories of Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire, while Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago are full members, which total 25.

The Seventh Summit of the Association went on between Thursday and Saturday, and met in Havana Heads of State, Government, and other senior representatives of its members, as well as 21 other countries and nine international organizations with observer status.

According to participants and experts in the field of integration and regional cooperation, the event was an important political impetus to the consolidation of Caribbean unity, towards sustainable development.