El Salvador’s Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez Bonilla is in Cuba on an official visit to inaugurate the Salvadoran embassy in Havana and to sign a bilateral framework agreement. This is the first time that a Salvadoran FM visits Cuba since both nations established diplomatic relations in 1902. Diplomatic relations were interrupted by the 1961 coup in El Salvador. Caribbean Net News explains that “after the electoral victory of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, President Mauricio Funes decided to resume bilateral diplomatic relations on June 1, 2008.”
Martínez visited the José Martí Memorial at the Revolution Square in Havana where he placed a floral wreath in the memory of Cuba’s national hero and learned more details of Martí’s life and work. His visit includes a tour of the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine.
The foreign minister said that his government is looking forward to collaborating in the fields of education, health, science, and technology and stressed that the current integration process in Latin America and the Caribbean is necessary and transcendental.
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