Havana, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Mexico have a common history, based on fraternity and cultural exchange, said here today the commander of the Mexican Navy’s Huasteco training ship, Carlos Alberto Maldonado.
‘It is a beautiful and rewarding experience for all cadets to get to know a culture that is very similar to Mexican culture,’ Maldonado told reporters after docking the multipurpose ship with 184 students, 55 classes and sailors, 28 officers and 13 marines.
‘We are also Latin American and Cuba always participates in important exchanges such as the Veracruz carnivals,’ said Maldonado pointing out that, after leaving Havana, the Huasteco will go to Puerto Rico and then to the Dominican Republic.
‘This ship is the bearer of the brotherhood and friendship between Mexico and Cuba throughout history,’ said the Mexican ambassador in the Caribbean island, Enrique Martinez.
The cadets will sail the Caribbean Sea and express their solidarity to its countries, but especially to beloved Cuba, the diplomat stressed.
Moments after the arrival of the training ship, its members paid homage to the National Hero, Jose Marti, in the busy Central Park, and then they were received at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples by authorities of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power of Havana.
According to the program, a representation of the Huasteco members will have a meeting with the head of the Revolutionary Navy, Carlos Duque.
Mexican sailors are expected to visit places of historical and cultural interest, while from today to Sunday the Havana public will be able to visit the ship of 69.4 of length, 12.8 of beam, 5.1 of draft with a standard displacement.