Vehicles drive past the Cathedral of San Ildefonso ahead of a visit from Cuba's President Raul Castro in downtown Merida, Mexico November 5, 2015. REUTER/Henry Romero
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After standing by Communist Cuba during its years of international isolation, Mexico hopes to take advantage of Havana's thawing relations with the United States to become a leading business player on the island.Castro will meet his Mexican counterpart President Enrique Pena Nieto in the picturesque colonial-era city of Merida just a short flight from Cuba on the Yucatan peninsula.Mexican retailer and bottling company Femsa said in September it was considering expanding its business to Cuba and cement maker Cemex is making similar noises.Mindful of the socialist revolution that took control of the island just 140 miles (225 km) off Mexico's Caribbean coast in 1959, Mexican leaders resisted U.S. pressure to break with Cuba throughout the biggest diplomatic freezes of the Cold War.
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