China greets Cuba’s new leader Raul Castro

February 26th, 2008 - 6:47 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, Feb 26 (Xinhua) China Tuesday congratulated Cuba’s new leader Raul Castro, the younger brother of Fidel Castro who stepped down last week after 49 years in power. “China and Cuba are friendly nations, and China will continue to work with Cuba to push forward reciprocal and friendly relations,” said Liu Jianchao, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.

“We believe, and wish, Cuba would maintain stability and development under the new leadership, and this conforms to the interest of the people and is conducive to regional peace and stability,” Liu said.

Liu also praised Fidel Castro as a leader of Cuba, a veteran international activist and a good friend of China.

“He has long been committed to China-Cuba friendship and made historical contributions to bilateral ties,” he said.

Cuban army general Raul Castro was elected Sunday as president of Cuba during a legislative session of the country’s National Assembly of People’s Power in Havana.

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