10/7/11 (AEIN) The First Vice President of Peru met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday afternoon. The two high-ranking officials discussed ties between Peru and Cuba as well as various world issues, Cuban state radio reported on Thursday night.
Vice President Marisol Espinosa Cruz and President Raul Castro agreed that the two countries would work to additionally enhance bilateral relations, according to Peru's official news agency. Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez attended the meeting as well.
During her visit to Cuba, the Vice President also said that her government is interested in Peru-Cuba cooperation with regard to biotechnology and sports. She referred to major challenges faced by Peru in the fields of healthcare, public safety and education.
In Peru, the new administration of President Ollanta Humala is expected to establish closer ties with Cuba than that of predecessor Alan Garcia. Cuba-Peru relations have varied considerably during the past fifty years depending upon Peru's leader at the time.