Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visits Cuba (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Ms. Bachelet was received by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra, before beginning her work agenda.

The Chilean President is travelling with a large delegation of business leaders, cultural figures and Government officials, including Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley, as well as the Ministers of Culture and Agriculture, Paulina Urrutia and Marigen Hornkohl.

In this visit, Ms. Bachelet is scheduled to talk with Cuban President Raul Castro.

This is one of the last international trips by President Michelle Bachelet. She flew to Cuba from Honduras, where she signed education, technology and education agreements.

Cuba and Chile, whose relations are in a good state, are united by long-term historical ties.

In 1971, the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro visited Chile during President Salvador Allende's government. It was the first official visit by a Cuban President to Santiago.

The latest collaboration between the two countries took place after the earthquakes that shook Rancagua on February 27th, 2010, and Valparaiso on April 24th, 2017, when brigades from the International Contingent of Doctors were sent to assist Chileans.
Bachelet was Chile's President during a first term (2006-2010) and was elected for the second time for the 2014-2018 term.
The Chilean leader, who was the first pro tempore president of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), will be succeeded by Sebatian Piñera on March 11th, who will repeat at La Moneda after winning the December elections runoff./.

Compiled by BTA