Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro last weekend (13th/14th May) visited industrial and agricultural sites?
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Background: Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro last weekend (13th/14th May) visited industrial and agricultural sites in Constantine, 270 miles (430 kms.) east of Algiers.
So far his ten-day visit to Algeria, which started on the 8th of May, has been a resounding success, and the Constantine visit was no exception.
Huge crowds and traditional music and cavalry displays greeted him as he arrived at the Societs Nationals de Construction Macanique factory in Constantine, accompanied by Algerian President Houari Boumedienne.
The factory was built by a German firm, and produces tractors, industrial engines, bicycles and motorbicycles.
The Cuban Premier then went on to visit an experimental cattle-raising station. On their arrival, he and President Boumedienne were give a glass of milk -- the traditional Algerian welcome.
Showers of confetti and shouts of "Vive Castro" greeted the two heads of state when they visited the site of the future University of Constantine, the last engagement of the weekend.
Dr. Castro is currently on his longest foreign tour since coming to power 13 years ago. He arrived in Algeria from Conakry, and will visit seven more countries.
SYNOPSIS: Displays of horsemanship and traditional Algerian music greeted Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro last weekend when he visited an industrial complex in Constantine, 270 miles east of Algiers.
He was accompanied by Algerian President Houari Boumedienne, who has devoted most of his time and attention to Dr. Castro during the Cuban Premier's ten-day official visit.
On his arrival the same weekend to inspect an experimental cattle-raising station, the Cuban leader was given a cup of milk -- the traditional Algerian greeting. He has already been in Algeria for a week, and so far the visit -- his first to an Arab country -- has been a resounding success.
He also visited the site of the future Constantine University.
Dr. Castro's Algerian visit is the second stage of a world-wide tour which will take him through Africa and Eastern Europe. The tour is his longest since coming to power thirteen years ago, and -- if his reception by the people of Constantine is anything to go by -- it will be a very rewarding one.