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Guatemalas President Alvaro Colom by paying tribute to National Cuban Hero Jose Marti.
The statesman will lay a wreath at the monument erected to Marti at the Havana's Revolution Square, and attend later the opening of a park in the capital's municipality of Playa.

The first stone of a sculptural project in memory of Cuban Jose Joaquin Palma and Guatemalan Rafael Alvarez, respective authors of the lyrics and music of the national anthem of that Central American country, will be placed there.

After the re-establishment of bilateral relations on January 27, 1998, both nations have developed friendship and cooperation links in sectors like health, education, sports and agriculture.

The first Cuban medical brigade traveled to Guatemala on November 5, 1998, right after the path of Hurricane Mitch, meanwhile the integral health program between those countries officially began on April 29, 1999.

Since then, the Cuban collaboration has marked guidelines in the links between both peoples and governments, and contributed to a great extend to strengthen them.

Nearly 484 experts from the Caribbean island are currently working in that Central American state, 382 of them in the health sector.

About 620 Guatemalans have been graduated in Cuba, 616 of them from higher education, and 507 from medicine.


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