President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrived in Havana to attend the Mass celebrated Sunday Pope Francisco , in what will be the seventh meeting between the two leaders, who maintain a relationship marked by the "warmth" and similar views on issues of national and international importance.
Cristina departed on Friday night at 23.33 aboard the Tango 01, arrived at 9 (10 hours of Argentina), and headed the National Hotel of this city, where he will stay during the two days is expected to remain on the island.
There, the president held a brief dialogue with the press in which he emphasized "how wonderful it is living today Cuba" since " this Pope's arrival today and tomorrow Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution is a true symbol. " also highlighted the "affection and love for the people of Cuba, its history, its courageous struggle, their achievements, their conquests and, why not, his victories" after the warm welcome they gave the hotel employees and guests.
Since the beginning of his pontificate, Francis received the President four times in a private audience, and met twice on the occasion of various tours of the Pope in Latin America.
Francisco spend four days in Cuba. During his stay he will lead a Mass in Revolution Square in Havana and visit the cities of Holguin and Santiago, among other acts. It could also meet with Fidel Castro.
Next Tuesday he will leave for the United States where he will meet with President Barack Obama, besides giving speeches to Congress and the United Nations General Assembly.
tour is expected to help deepen the process of thaw between Cuba and the United States after the two countries resumed their bilateral relations, also thanks to the intervention of Francis.