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Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties
Published on June 30, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and his counterpart from New Zealand, Gerry Brownlee, expressed interest on Wednesday in Havana in strengthening bilateral relations in the political and economic sectors.

Rodriguez, who welcomed the top diplomat from New Zealand at the headquarters of the foreign ministry, highlighted the importance for Havana its ties with that South Pacific nation based on respect and trust.

The Cuban foreign minister mentioned that positive ties in the fields of agriculture, cattle, education, and culture, bio-pharmaceutical, and academic-scientific cooperation projects for mutual benefit.

The island's top diplomat praised the beneficial multilateral cooperation, in addition to coinciding in multiple aspects of the international scene.

Rodriguez Parrilla thanked New Zealand for its support of Cuba's incorporation in 2013 and performance as a dialog partner of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The New Zealand foreign minister affirmed that his country recognizes Cuba's leading role at a regional and world level and expressed interest in strengthening cooperation ties in the agricultural sector.

He added that his country, as a small island state, considers the development and exchange in the sector of great importance while expressing interest in bilateral people to people contact.

Brownlee arrived in Cuba on Tuesday, making this his first official visit to the island; he is expected to travel on Thursday to Colombia where he will participate in the 12th Summit of the Pacific Alliance to be held in Cali.

On June 22, the New Zealand diplomat received Cuba's ambassador, Mario Alzugaray, who discussed the state of bilateral relations in addition to other issues of mutual interests in the international scene.

Both sides affirmed their commitment to continue promoting the ties between Havana and Wellington that date back to 1999 and highlighted the importance of developing joint projects in the cattle sector.
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