Surinamese President Supports Cuba after Sandy

Santiago de Cuba, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Surinamese President Desire Delano Bouterse arrived on Sunday in this city, where he expressed solidarity with the people after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in eastern Cuba.

In brief remarks to the press upon arrival, the president said that he was confident in the rapid recovery from the damage caused by the storm, which hit eastern Cuba on October 25, being Santiago de Cuba as the hardest-hit province.

Cuba has collaborated with everyone, so many countries have been aware of what have happened, and Suriname wants to share a little of what it has at this difficult moment, he said.

Bouterse’s agenda includes a donation to those affected by Sandy, which damaged the housing infrastructure, agriculture and power, and killed 11 people, nine in Santiago de Cuba and two in Guantanamo.

The visiting head of State was welcomed at the Antonio Maceo International Airport by local authorities headed by Lazaro Exposito, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in Santiago de Cuba, and Reinaldo Garcia, president of the governing body in the territory.

According to the program, to which Prensa Latina had access, Bouterse’s stay in Santiago de Cuba, 950 kilometers east of Havana, includes a meeting with local authorities, exchanges with Surinamese students and a brief tour of the city, before traveling to the capital.

Cuba and Suriname established diplomatic relations in May 1979, with major emphasis on social sectors.