by Alejandro Gomez
San Jose, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Vice president of the Council of State of Cuba Ines Maria Chapman described her visit to Costa Rica as a success, since it strengthened even more the ties of friendship between the two countries.
Chapman told the Prensa Latina news agency shortly before leaving Costa Rica heading for Cuba that she held meetings with outgoing President Luis Guillermo Solis and incumbent President Carlos Alvarado.
Chapman arrived in Costa Rica on Sunday leading an official delegation from Cuba to the inauguration of Alvarado, a ceremony that took place yesterday at Plaza de la Democracia y de la Abolicion del Ejercito in San Jose.
Shortly after his inauguration, Alvarado and Chapman held a bilateral meeting in which they both called for strengthening the close ties between the two countries.
The pleasant meeting between Alvarado and Chapman was held in one of the halls of the National Theater of San Jose and it was attended by vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Teresita Gonzalez and ambassador in Costa Rica Danilo Sanchez, from the Cuban side, and first Vice President and Foreign Minister Epsy Campbell, from the Costa Rican side.
Chapman said that although it was a short visit, she was able to carry out a broad agenda that included meetings with members of the Costa Rican Solidarity Movement with Cuba, who reiterated their support for the Cuban Revolution and their firm condemnation to the economic, commercial and financial blockade set up by the United States.
She also said that a tribute was paid to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti, placing a wreath with white flowers at his monument in San Jose National Park, and a meeting was held with Cubans working in official missions and Cubans settled in Costa Rica.