MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay’s newly sworn-in President Tabare Vazquez met on Monday with Cuba’s Raul Castro and the two leaders agreed on “the importance and necessity” of strengthening bilateral economic ties, according to a joint statement.
The men met in private for about an hour and were then joined by members of their respective Cabinets.
The talks contributed to continued progress on “an ever-wider and more dynamic bilateral agenda,” the joint statement said.
The two presidents reviewed successes of previous cooperation between their countries and identified new goals in areas such as training and education, health services, social development and science and technology, according to the statement.
Vazquez and Castro also exchanged opinions on regional and multilateral issues.
Castro traveled to Montevideo for the inauguration of Vazquez, who previously governed Uruguay in 2005-2010.