For Cuba's Prime Minister Castro, who arrived in Chile on Wednesday (November 10), the visit is his first trip outside Cuba for almost eight years.
For Cuba's Prime Minister Castro, who arrived in Chile on Wednesday (November 10), the visit is his first trip outside Cuba for almost eight years. He has already renewed contact with his old friend President Allende -- who met him at the airport -- and hopes to strengthen relations between their two countries. Before leaving Havana, Dr. Castro announced he also planned to visit Russia, Bulgaria, Algeria and Hungary, but no dates were given.
This satellite telerecording shows Dr. Castro's arrival in Santiago.
SYNOPSIS: For Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro, arriving in Santiago on Wednesday on an official visit, a rousing welcome from thousands of Chileans. They cheered his arrival loudly, and waved welcome banners as the Cuban leader was greeted by his old friend, Chilean President Allende. It was Dr. Castro's first trip outside Cuba for almost eight years.
Dr. Castro's visit was expected to last about 10 days. He was due to hold lengthy talks with President Allende, and go on "meet the people" tours throughout Chile. The visit, at the invitation of Dr. Allende, is the first direct contact between the two communist leaders since Dr. Allende became the world's first freely-elected Marxist head-of-state just over a year ago.
Following his arrival in a Cuban Airlines Soviet-built aircraft -- with Russian lettering on the fuselage -- Dr. Castro was driven in an open motorcade to the Cuban Ambassador's residence to spend the night. Security precautions throughout his arrival were not unusually strong, despite threats by militant right-wing groups to disrupt the visit. During his stay he and Dr. Allende will discuss ways to strengthen relations between Chile and Cuba. Before leaving Havana, the Cuban capital, Dr. Castro announced that he also intended to visit Russia, Algeria, Bulgaria and Hungary, but no dates were given.