Che Guevara's daughter visits Seoul to attend forum

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : May 22, 2024, 15:25 Updated : May 22, 2024, 16:57
Aleida Guevara (right) attends a luncheon in Seoul on May 21, 2024, along with Han Byung-kil, chairman of the Korean Council on Latin America and the Caribbean (KCLAC). Courtesy of KCLAC
SEOUL, May 22 (AJU PRESS) - Aleida Guevara, the eldest daughter of Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara, is set to share her outlook on relations between South Korea and Cuba at the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul.

The daughter of the iconic figure of the Cuban Revolution is attending the two-day event, which commenced on Wednesday. Hosted by a newspaper company, the conference aims to address major issues in Asia and the world. 

She will offer a lecture laying out her perspective on South Korea-Cuba relations and share memories of her father.

The 63-year-old is currently working as a pediatrician in Havana. The last time she saw her father was in 1966, just before Che Guevara left to initiate a revolution in Bolivia. The two were never reunited, as Che Guevara was captured during his guerrilla activities by the Bolivian army and executed.

Aleida Guevara's trip to Seoul became possible thanks to the unexpected establishment of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Cuba in February 2024. The countries had cut ties following the socialist revolution in Cuba in 1959, with Havana forming relations with North Korea in 1960.

The two nations' relationship gradually improved in the 2000s, leading to a historic visit by a South Korean foreign minister to Cuba in 2016.

Aleida Guevara attended a luncheon on Tuesday in Itaewon, Seoul, along with Han Byung-kil, chairman of the Korean Council on Latin America and the Caribbean (KCLAC), and Mario Alzugaray Rodriguez, deputy head of mission at the Cuban Embassy in China. Alzugaray arrived in Seoul on May 12 for talks on the planned opening of the Cuban Embassy in Seoul.

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