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President Rafael Correa paid homage to Jose Marti by placing a floral wreath at the monument of the Cuban National Hero, located in Havana Revolution Square.
Correa, who arrived in Cuba Wednesday evening, was accompanied by Cuban Foreign Investment and Economic Collaboration Minister, Rodrigo Malmierca, among other officials.

After the ceremony, the Ecuadorian President and his delegation visited the mausoleum dedicated to the hero, which treasures pictures, engravings and drawings by Marti and other objects related to the life of the Cuban hero.

The tribute to Jose Marti was the first official activity held by Correa in his visit to Havana, who travelled to the island at the invitation of his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.

The two leaders are expected to have official talks. On arriving in the Cuban capital, Correa told the national and foreign press at Havana International Jose Marti airport that he was "happy with this visit to Cuba on the 50th anniversary of the Revolution of solidarity, justice and dignity.

Rafael Correa will be in Cuba until Saturday, January 11. His earlier visit to the island was in 2006, when he participated in the International Meeting on Globalization and Development Problems.

This is the second time a Latin American head of state has visited Havana this year, as Panama Martin Torrijos recently travelled to the Cuban capital for an official visit as well.

(Juventud Rebelde)

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