Cuba and India held bilateral political consultations this Monday in Havana where the two delegations discussed ways to strengthen the partnership between the two countries.
Saurabh Kumar, the Secretary (East) of the Union Foreign Ministry led the Indian delegation while Anayansi Camejo, the Deputy Foreign Minister led the Cuban delegation.
The delegations discussed issues of common interest in bilateral relations. Discussions also took place on regional and international issues between the two delegations.
The delegations highlighted the positive state of relations between the two nations.
During the discussion took place the signing of a line of credit agreement worth 100 million euros for the purchase of rice from India to Cuba, as well as an expression of common interest expanding economic relations between the two nations.
The two countries have endorsed the desire to further deepen bilateral collaboration in sectors such as health, biotechnology, renewable energy sources, agriculture, telecommunications, sports and education, according to a statement from the Union Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The two sides thoroughly reviewed the full range of their bilateral relations, including development partnership projects, trade and economic relations and cooperation in areas such as renewable energy, health, including traditional medicine and yoga, biotechnology, agriculture, sports, health, science and technology and ICT,” the MEA said.
The delegations emphasized India’s and Cuba’s desire for multilateralism and cooperation and mutual support in international forums.
Cuban Vice Minister Camejo expressed her gratitude to India for making a historic gesture in rejecting the US government’s economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.
She also reiterated the invitation extended to the Union Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. S Jaishankar, to visit Cuba by the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.
The Indian delegation was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas and Acting Foreign Minister Gerardo Peñalver.
This was the second edition of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FOC) consultations between India and Cuba. Both delegations said the talks took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The Cuban government also issued a postage stamp to commemorate 75 years of Indian independence.
India has supported Cuba against US-backed resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and has also consistently voted in favor of Cuban-sponsored resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly calling for the lifting of the blockade sponsored by the United States.
Cuba has also supported India’s demands for the democratization of the UN and the expansion of the UN Security Council.
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