Haitian president on three-day visit to Cuba
Haitian President Michel Martelly will hold discussions with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro during the November 15-17 meeting.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday November 16, 2011 - President Michel Martelly is on a three-day official visit to Cuba, his first since he took office in May.
In a brief statement after his arrival President Martelly described Cuba as a "brother country" and said that it is a "pleasure" and an "honor" to be there.
He is due to hold talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.
Prior to his arrival, an aircraft carrying 19 Haitian government officials was forced to make an emergency landing in the central Cuban city of Camaguey. No one was injured.
Damian Merlo, spokesman for the President Martelly said the aircraft landed as an emergency precaution after a problem developed with its air conditioning system.
This is the second such aviation incident to affect Haitian officials in less than a week.
In a prior incident, a helicopter carrying Prime Minister Garry Conille, and other senior government officials had to make an emergency landing in a field of crops in the capital due to poor weather conditions.
They were found by police 15 minutes later.