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India's Vice President Pays Official Visit to Cuba

Havana, October 29 (RHC)-- The Vice President of the Republic of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, is beginning an official visit to Cuba today. Ansari is accompanied by a minister of state of the Indian government, four MPs and other officials in a large delegation.

According to Granma newspaper, the distinguished visitor will hold talks with Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and will also lay a wreath at the monument of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti. Ansari will inaugurate a Cultural Festival of India and visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

In statements to reporters just before leaving for Havana, Ansari noted India’s long association with Cuba on the Non-Aligned Movement and the Third World fronts. "Cuba has certain areas of competence which are of relevance to us. They have done excellent work in sports medicines, in general areas of medicine and in biotechnology, I am also waiting to educate myself on other areas. This is broadly the agenda," he said.

The Indian dignitary's visit to Cuba comes as India seeks to strengthen its engagement with Latin America, as the latter begins to play an increasing role in the global economic and political arenas.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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