On Twitter, Rodriguez described the meeting as fraternal and said that both officials were pleased with the excellent state of bilateral relations and expressed the willingness to strengthen high-level political dialogue and economic, commercial and cooperation ties.
Botes, who arrived in Cuba on July 17, also discussed cooperation agreements between both nations with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas.
The South African deputy minister’s program in Cuba includes high-level meetings with governmental and parliamentary representatives and visits to economic and social centers.
Fraternal ties between Cuba and South Africa date back to the 1960s in the heat of the anti-Apartheid fight, and diplomatic relations were formalized on May 11, 1994.
Both nations are currently implementing bilateral cooperation agreements in a number of spheres, such as health care, education, public works, human settlements, infrastructure, sciences, information technologies, among others.