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SR-Cuba: Developing cooperation in specific areas

SR-Cuba: Developing cooperation in specific areas

4.2.2016 | Aktivity ministra |

Bratislava (4 February) - Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, received today in Bratislava the Vice-President of the Cuban government, Ricardo Cabrisas, who is on an official visit to Slovakia. Cabrisas, the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, is the Cuban government member who holds the highest office with responsibilities (of a prime minister) for managing and directing foreign affairs and the economy.

“Relations between Cuba and the European Union have been coming to normal, as attested also by frequent mutual visits at the top level by both parties. The deliberations by Cabrisas in Slovakia are a part of this trend and also represent a symbolic beginning of a new chapter in our bilateral dialogue and cooperation,” stated Minister Lajčák after joint talks with his Cuban guest.

Minister Lajčák emphasized that Slovakia welcomes actions that will lead to development of mutual relations, and supports also an accelerated conclusion of a bilateral agreement between Cuba and the EU that is envisioned to adjust and standardize the relations of both partners. He also underscored the preparedness of Slovakia to act as an active participant in this process, also in its position as the country presiding over the Council of the EU.
Vice-President Cabrisas arrived in Slovakia from France where he was accompanying President Raúl Castro. The visit by Cabrisas is taking place upon an invitation from Prime Minister Fico who visited Cuba in October last year where he was accompanied by Minister Lajčák.  

“Today our specific actions follow up the Havana agreement on developing more intensive cooperation between our countries,” stated Minister Lajčák. The cooperation primarily is in the economic area, health care and commerce. 
Minister Lajčák also raised the issue of the reform process in Cuba and together with his partner discussed Slovakia’s experience with reforms as to which and in what way they can be useful for Cuba in its economic and societal transition. The partners also delved into timely developments in Latin America.