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Chile–Cuba relations


Chile–Cuba relations

Chile–Cuba relations
Map indicating locations of Chile and Cuba



Chile–Cuba relations refers to interstate relations between the Republic of Chile and the Republic of Cuba. Cuba has been since the 1960s been a reference point to left wing politicians in Chile. during the government of Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010) relations to Cuba was a hot subject among Concertación politics since the Christian Democrat Party of Chile, member of the Concertación, has supported a harder line in the diplomatic relations with Cuba while the Socialist Party of Chile opposed this.


  • History 1
  • Chilean ambassadors to Cuba 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Chile, together with OAS meeting in Punta del Este, Uruguay.[1]

In 1971 Chile re-established diplomatic relations with Western Hemisphere from establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. Shortly afterward, Cuban president Fidel Castro made a month-long visit to Chile.[2][3][4] With Salvador Allende he visited the recently nationalized El Teniente copper mine.[5]

During Pinochet's military dictatorship in Chile (1973–1990) Cuba provided training and arms for Chilean leftist set up an armed resistance. Chilean Revolutionary Left Movement drew inspiration from the Cuban Revolution and the Sierra Maestra in trying to set up a guerrilla in Neltume, which was obliterated in 1981. After that the Cuban-inspired rural warfare proved to be a failure, Cuba continued to support urban guerrillas such as FPMR. One of the largest smuggling of Cuban arms occurred in Carrizal Bajo, these arms where later used by FPMR to perform an assassination attempt against Pinochet in 1986.

In 2009 Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visited Cuba, making her the first Chilean leader to visit the island nation since Salvador Allende's 1972 trip.[3]

Chilean ambassadors to Cuba

  • Jorge Manuel Toha (2006)[6]

See also


  1. ^ "U.S. is Advancing Plan to Suspend Cuba from O.A.S.".  
  2. ^ "Chile Expects Castro Visit".  
  3. ^ a b "Chile's President Visits Cuba".  
  4. ^ De Onis, Juan (December 2, 1971). "Marchers Assail Castro's Visit and Food Shortages".  
  5. ^ "Castro Pitches Into Work At a Chilean Copper Mine".  
  6. ^  
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