The Cuban president held bilateral meetings with other heads of state and attended others of consultation and exchanges on matters of vital importance on the event’s agenda, the Granma newspaper reports.

After travelling from the airport to the Grand Velas Hotel -the Summit’s venue, located in the municipality of Solidaridad, in the state of Quintana Roo-, Raul was officially welcomed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

He immediately greeted several heads of state and prime ministers, with whom he spoke.

The Juventud Rebelde newspaper reports that Cuba’s presence in the Summit after its official incorporation to the Group of Rio in 2008 stands out, and adds that the approval of a resolution condemning the US blockade against the island, as indicated from preparatory works carried out by foreign ministers during the days prior to the meeting, is among the purposes of the Summit.

Several heads of state addressed participants on Monday to express their condemnation of that unjust US policy, among them the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez -who also called for the abolition of the Helms-Burton Law-, and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

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