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India Seeks Stronger Ties with Latin America

New Delhi, October 26 (RHC) -- Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari said his country hopes to strengthen its engagement with Latin American nations, as they play an increasingly important role in the global economic and political arena.

According to a report by the India Blooms News Service, Ansari is setting out for an official visit to Peru and Cuba. The vice president of India noted that his country's long association with Cuba in the Non-Aligned Movement and on the Third World fronts, but expressed surprise that there were so few high-level bilateral visits.

"They have certain niche areas of competence which are of relevance to us. They have done some excellent work in sports medicines, general areas of medicine, biotechnology, in numerable things but I am also waiting to educate myself on these things. This is broadly the agenda," he said.

Speaking to reporters on board his special aircraft, Ansari said Peru's economy and its natural resources made it a lucrative economic partner.

"Peru on the west coast of South America, is increasingly a major factor in global economy, I think it is somewhere around 5th or 6th in terms of its GDP growth rates and other things, and an important source of minerals, something that we are looking at very closely.”

Ansari also said that other countries in South America such as Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela were huge economies, and there was need for increased engagement.

The vice president of India said he will be in Peru for three days beginning on Saturday. In Cuba, he will inaugurate the Cultural Festival of India and visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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