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Haitian President-Elect Visits Cuba


Haitian President-elect Rene Preval is in Cuba Thursday, for a visit that will include talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro.

The president-elect is traveling with a delegation that includes several members of his future government. Mr. Preval was elected in February and is due to take office next month.

The Associated Press quotes a Haitian government spokesman as saying that the two leaders are expected to discuss Cuban aid for Haiti.

Mr. Preval was president of Haiti from 1996 to 2001. During that time, ties between Cuba and Haiti were warmer. But relations have suffered since a U.S.-backed interim government was appointed to replace former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted by a revolt in 2004.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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