The Associated Press
December 09, 2008
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Raul Castro's first official trip abroad since assuming Cuba's presidency will be to attend a summit in Venezuela.
Venezuelan Information Minister Jesse Chacon says Castro will be in Venezuela's capital on Dec. 14 for a meeting of the regional trade bloc known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA.
Representatives of 18 Central American and Caribbean countries that benefit from Venezuela's Petrocaribe oil program, which sells oil to members at preferential prices, are also expected at the summit.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has long been a close ally of former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Chacon announced Raul Castro's travel plans on Tuesday.