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Minister Lajčák: Slovakia-Cuba relations are experiencing a positive time

Minister Lajčák: Slovakia-Cuba relations are experiencing a positive time

20.6.2017 | Aktivity ministra |

Relations between Slovakia and Cuba, and the European Union alike, have been experiencing a favourable period. This was said by the head of Slovak diplomacy, Miroslav Lajčák, during today’s first ever visit to Slovakia by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. “Our bilateral relations are very dynamic and the prerequisites for that have been presented by the new policy of the Cuban government and the policy of reforms that included also releasing all political prisoners and an overall change of the atmosphere in Cuba,” explained Lajčák after the meeting with his departmental counterpart.

The European Union, according to Lajčák, responded to the situation by lifting the joint European restrictions policy against Havana that had been in effect since 1996. The new relations are being tuned in line with the new EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement where Slovakia played an important role as the agreement was signed during the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Minister Lajčák highlighted the extraordinary dynamics of bilateral visits as well as a multitude of projects in progress. Slovak firms, for example, will assist in reconstructing the power grid of two power plants in Cuba and 70 persons from Slovakia are getting ready for post-graduate study stays. Cooperation in the health care sector is just as intensive. Clinical testing is being conducted in Slovakia for a drug that was developed in Cuba for treatment of the so-called diabetic leg. It is in use in more than 25 countries of the world but has not been certified so far in the EU; Slovakia is the first country conducting clinical trials of the drug.



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