May 24, 2016 0:36:29 CDT
MINSK, May 23.- President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that Belarus wants to increase collaboration with Cuba in agriculture and other economic sectors, in a meeting with the First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel PL reported.
During the conversation that lasted almost an hour, in the Palace of Independence, the leader stressed that the modernization of the Cuban economy opens up good prospects for such cooperation.
We have built a comprehensive legal basis with state agreements that facilitate the safe growth of such cooperation, said Lukashenko.
The Head of State reiterated in the dialogue that he has invited President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Raul Castro, to visit the Central European nation.
I would also like to express my desire for the good health of my friend, Commander Fidel Castro, with whom I hope to discuss major international issues when traveling to Cuba again, said the president to his guest.
Diaz-Canel, meanwhile, passed on a greeting from the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Raul Castro.
He expressed willingness to strengthen the bilateral relationship, whose state he called excellent, based on the deep bonds of friendship between the two peoples.
The visit, he said, aims to continue to join the links between Havana and Minsk, and deepen them in all tasks of common interest.
He reiterated the conviction of Cuba about the importance of maintaining the political dialogue at the highest level and to strengthen the economic and commercial ties, particularly in the biotechnology field as well as in the promotion of exports of goods and services of the island towards Belarus.
He stressed that Cuba and Belarus share views on important issues of the international agenda, which favours the development of fruitful cooperation in this area.
We recognize Belarus for its firm principled policy against Western sanctions, which has led to the partial lifting of such retaliation from the European Union, emphasized the Cuban First Vice President.
Diaz-Canel added that Cuba will continue to support Belarus to any attempt to impose sanctions or to isolate her, as has been attempted before with the claims of singularizing her in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, reported PL.
The Cuban First Vice President appreciated the continued support of Belarus in the UN General Assembly in favour of the Cuban resolution against the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.
He also highlighted the efforts of the Belarusian government and in particular its contribution to peace in the region by seeking a negotiated and peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The visiting leader reaffirmed Cuba's rejection of the intention to extend the presence of NATO eastward, which only threatens regional and global stability.
Translated by ESTI