Cuba's Premier Fidel Castro, accompanied by host President Salvador Allende, sailed into Punta Arenas -- the world's most southerly city -- on Sunday (21 November).
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SV Horsemen in procession
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SV PAN FROM guard of honour to Castro and Allends walking past
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Background: Cuba's Premier Fidel Castro, accompanied by host President Salvador Allende, sailed into Punta Arenas -- the world's most southerly city -- on Sunday (21 November). This was the eleventh day of his tour of Chile -- aimed at showing solidarity with President Allende's leftwing regime.
Dr. Castro entered Punta Arenas aboard a Chilean Navy destroyer, after a 48-hour voyage down Chile's Pacific coast. He and President Allende received a 21-gun salute from the Chilean Navy flagship O'Higgins and a warm welcome from the inhabitants of the city of 80,000 people.
The two leaders held secret talks, in the captain's cabin of the British-built destroyer Admiral Rivas, on ways to strengthen relations between the two countries and coordinate policies.
Cuban officials have indicated that Premier Castro was expected to remain in Chile at least until the end of the month.
SYNOPSIS: The Chilean destroyer Admiral Rivas sails into Punta Arenas -- the world's most southerly city -- on Sunday. The British-built vessel had just completed a forty-eight hour journey down Chile's Pacific coast. Aboard was Cuba's Premier Fidel Castro, accompanied by host President Salvador Allende. The Cuban leader's present tour of Chile is expected to last at least until the end of the month.
The two Marxist leaders held secret talks in the Captain's cabin on ways to strengthen relations between the two nations and coordinate policies. There has been a top-level military presence throughout Dr. Castro's visit, which began on the tenth of November. There have been rumours of unrest among the Chilean armed forces de to President Allende's wide-ranging reformist programme. Left-wing extremists have been fearful of a military takeover.
In Punta Arenas, both the Chilean leader and Premier Castro were given a warm welcome by the inhabitants of the city's eighty-thousand people. In speeches following the parade through the streets, both leaders praised Chile's armed forces, while stressing the differences in their respective socialist revolutions. Premier Castro particularly paid tribute to Chile's "noble" navy.