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Fidel Castro meets with Dominican Republic's president

The leader of the Cuban Revolution FidelCastro met with the Dominican Republic's President Leonel FernandezReyna, on Monday.

The Dominican leader, who is on his third official visit to Cuba as headof state, told the press it was an honour and a privilege for him tohave talked with Fidel, who showed an interest, among other topics, inthe international financial crises.

Fernandez said they also talked about the problems in Latin America and in particular the Dominican Republic. He told Fidel about his government's interest in signing agreements with Cuba in the agricultural and educational sectors, and expressed a particular interest in the Cuban "Yo Si Puedo" teaching method, which has been widely used to teach illiterate people how to read and write in a short period of time.

According to the Dominican president, they also talked about thepossibility of developing exchange programs with the Cuban Art and FilmIndustry Institute and with that of Genetic Engineering andBiotechnology.

Leonel Fernandez Reyna arrived in Havana on Monday, where he will fulfila tight program of activities that include a meeting with Cubanpresident Raul Castro.

He will also visit the province of Santiago de Cuba, located in easternCuba, known as Ciudad Heroe (Hero City).