LA HABANA (AP) — El presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro llegó a Cuba para una visita oficial en momentos en que la Comisión Intergubernamental de los dos países se reúne en la capital de la isla, informó la prensa local.

Maduro anunció el viernes su viaje con el propósito de participar en las conversaciones de la comisión que sesiona en La Habana desde ese día.

"Mañana sábado vamos hacer la comisión mixta con el gobierno de Cuba para firmar los acuerdos de la nueva etapa de cooperación en salud, en educación, deporte; para ratificar la alianza estratégica con el gobierno socialista de Cuba", expresó Maduro en Caracas.

El mandatario venezolano llegó el viernes en la noche "para cumplimentar una visita oficial... acudió a recibirlo a la terminal aérea Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, miembro del Buró Político y Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores", informó el sábado el diario oficial Granma.

Presiden el encuentro Rafael Ramírez, vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros para el Desarrollo Territorial y ministro de Petróleo y Minería de Venezuela, y Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, ministro de Comercio Exterior y la Inversión Extranjera de Cuba.

El canciller venezolano Elías Jaua también está en la isla caribeña, indicó el mandatario venezolano.

Maduro fue elegido presidente por estrecho margen de diferencia en los comicios del 14 de abril, después de que el ex presidente Hugo Chávez lo designara como candidato para substituirlo poco antes de someterse en diciembre a una operación contra el cáncer. Chávez falleció el 5 de marzo en la capital venezolana.

Venezuela y Cuba tienen una estrecha alianza económica y política desde 1999, cuando Chávez asumió el mando de su país y suscribió con el entonces mandatario cubano Fidel Castro un amplio "Convenio Integral de Cooperación" que ambas partes revisan y amplían continuamente desde entonces.

Como parte de la cooperación binacional, Venezuela provee petróleo a precios preferenciales a Cuba, mientras que la isla colabora con el envío de médicos y otros profesionales cubanos para ayudar en los programas sociales del gobierno venezolano.

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