Rutte talks with President Castro during the first visit to Cuba
HAVANA – Premier Mark Rutte was the first Dutch Prime Minister to visit Cuba. The Prime Minister traveled to the island for a summit of the Association of Caribbean countries.
Rutte’s visit also included a meeting with the Cuban President Raul Castro.
The leaders talked about the reforms on the communist island. Rutte also expressed his intention to further strengthen the ties in the economic and political fields.
The Prime Minister also spoke with representatives of Dutch companies that are already active in Cuba. The companies are in accordance with the Rutte’s Ministry “excited about the intended economic reforms of President Castro.”
A contract was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister with which the Cuban government has purchased a dredger from the Dutch company IHC. That boat is used to deepen the port in Mariel, so that large container ships can moor in the future.
The Prime Minister took the visit further to call attention “on the highest level” to the Dutch attempts to obtain a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council.
The Prime Minister of Curaçao Dr. Bernhard Whiteman was also present during this summit together with his counterparts the Prime Ministers of Aruba and Sint Maarten.
Photo: Rutte in Cuba