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Vazquez" agenda includes meeting with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, laying a wreath at the monument erected to National Hero Jose Marti (1853-1895), and visiting the Latin American School of Medicine.

Also included is to sign accords for the supply of Cuban vaccines and check collaboration on energy, health, post-literacy campaign, and zoological and sanitary controls, Granma newspaper reported.

With his first visit to Cuba as a head of State, the Uruguayan statesman becomes the first to do so in a decade, and the first one officially in a century.

"We are comfortable and happy to arrive in Havana. The Uruguayan people are your brothers and sisters, we are a fraternal country that loves you very much," Vazquez said after arriving Tuesday night at the capital airport.

Vasquez and his accompanying delegation were welcomed by Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque.

Cuba and Venezuela re-established diplomatic relations in March 2005, when Vazquez took office, after being severed by President Jorge Batlle in 2002.

The daily also publishes an article by Uruguayan ambassador to Cuba Jorge Mazzarovich, with photos of the Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro"s visit to Montevideo in 1995.


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