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Fidel Castro's 1971 Visit to Salvador Allende in Chile

IN PICTURES: Chilean Socialist President Salvador Allende received Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in a historic state visit in 1971.

In November 1971, Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro began a historic state visit to Chile, where he toured the length of the country in the midst of a democratic socialist process led by Salvador Allende's Popular Unity coalition.

The two leaders were friends, and Castro even gifted the Chilean president an AK-47 inscribed with his name.

Over the course of the visit, which lasted several weeks, Castro had the opportunity to explore the countryside, from the mines of the north to Tierra del Fuego. Castro recognized that Chile was in the midst of a revolutionary process, albeit one that had taken its own unique path from the Cuban precedent.

The establishment of diplomatic ties between Cuba and Chile was also an important step for the young, revolutionary Caribbean nation then seeking to build international solidarity. 

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Fidel Castro parading through the streets of Chile with President Salvador Allende in 1971.
Fidel Castro parading through the streets of Chile with President Salvador Allende in 1971. Photo:AFP
Castro and Allende were greeted by hordes of supporters during the landmark tour.
Castro and Allende were greeted by hordes of supporters during the landmark tour. Photo:Cuba Debate
The two men were close friends: Castro even gifted the Chilean leader an AK-47 inscribed with his name.
The two men were close friends: Castro even gifted the Chilean leader an AK-47 inscribed with his name. Photo:AFP
The historic meeting was an open expression of solidarity between the leaders of two revolutionary processes.
The historic meeting was an open expression of solidarity between the leaders of two revolutionary processes. Photo:AFP
The two heads of state met in what was Castro
The two heads of state met in what was Castro's first major visit following a trip to Moscow. Photo:EFE
Castro and Allende had much to discuss during the tour.
Castro and Allende had much to discuss during the tour. Photo:AFP
Castro makes a public appearance alongside the Chilean president.
Castro makes a public appearance alongside the Chilean president. Photo:Wikimedia Commons
Castro and Allende were greeted by enthusiastic crowds as they traversed Chile.
Castro and Allende were greeted by enthusiastic crowds as they traversed Chile. Photo:Fidel Castro
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