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Cuban President Arrives in Angola


Cuban President Raul Castro has arrived in Angola on a three-day visit.

Mr. Castro arrived in the capital, Luanda, Wednesday evening following a week-long visit to Russia.

Angola's foreign ministry says the trip underlines friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The Cuban leader is due to address a special session of parliament and meet with his Angolan counterpart, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Mr. dos Santos met with Raul's brother, Fidel, in Cuba in 2007, after the founder of communist Cuba handed over power.

Cuba helped Angola's now ruling MPLA during its decades-long civil war against UNITA rebels backed by South Africa and the United States.

Cuba has also provided Angola with health and education assistance.

Fidel Castro has not been seen in public since 2006 when he became ill with intestinal problems. Cuba considers his health details to be a state secret.

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

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