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India's Vice President Hamid Ansari to Pay Historic Visit to Cuba

New Dehli, October 23 (RHC) – As part of a five-day visit to Latin America, India's Vice President Hamid Ansari will arrive in Cuba on October 29th for the first-ever state visit to Cuba.

According to the news agency DNAIndia, while in Havana, Ansari will meet with his Cuban counterpart, as well as President Raul Castro.

“This will be the first vice presidential visit in the history of our bilateral relations despite our old and enduring ties with Havana,” said Dinkar Khullar, an official with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The visit comes at a time when Cuba holds the presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a 33-member regional integration bloc.

Ansari, who will be accompanied by a minister of state of the Indian government, four MPs and other officials, will discuss areas of collaboration, such as biotechnology and sports.

The Indian leader will arrive from Peru, the first leg of his Latin American trip.

The visit is expected to give impetus to India's relations with the two countries and some agreements, including one for setting up a Joint Commission with Peru, are likely to be signed during the visit.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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