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Cuban President Raul Castro Visits Angola

Cuban President Raul Castro is in Angola for talks with top officials, including President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Angola's official news agency reports that Mr. Castro arrived in Angola late Wednesday and met with Mr. dos Santos Thursday.

The agency says the two leaders were expected to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral relations and other topics linked to world affairs. The Cuban president will be in Angola for a three-day visit.

Angola and Cuba have had a close relationship since the mid-1970s after Angola gained independence from Portugal. Cuba sent troops to the nation in support of the rebel Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, which eventually became the ruling party.

Hundreds of Cuban, doctors, teachers and medical staff currently work in Angola.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP