Politics 23-11-2018

Spain and Cuba sign an agreement to hold annual political meetings

The document, signed in Havana, provides that both governments will establish a mechanism for permanent dialogue and an open agenda.

The president of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, and his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz Canel, signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding that provides for the holding of annual meetings to address issues of mutual interest.

The document was signed by Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodríguez, and contemplates the establishment of a permanent dialogue mechanism with an open agenda, Prensa Latina reports.

In addition to that agreement, Madrid and Havana pledged to strengthen cooperation in the cultural field with a pact signed by Borrell and the Minister of Culture of Cuba, Alpidio Alonso.

The signing of both documents was headed by Sánchez and Díaz Canel at the Presidential Palace of Cuba, after the meeting that they both held on the occasion of the first official visit made by a Spanish president to the island in 32 years.

Strengthen ties

The official visit of Sanchez will last two days and will have as main objective to reinforce the diplomatic and economic ties of the European country with the island. The head of the Spanish Government arrived at the Havana Airport at around 4:00 in the afternoon (local time).

Before his meeting with Díaz-Canel, Sánchez paid tribute to José Martí, hero of Cuban independence, in the Plaza de la Revolución.

On Friday, the Spanish president plans to attend a bilateral forum with 200 Spanish businessmen , including the telecommunications giant Telefónica and the airline Iberia.


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