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Mexico and Cuba reaffirm friendship during Miguel Diaz-Canel’s visit


Mexico and Cuba reaffirm friendship during Miguel Diaz-Canel’s visit

Mexico, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Mexico and Cuba on Saturday reaffirmed their friendship and solidarity, and verified that bilateral relations are going through one of their best moments of understanding and closeness in more than 120 years.

It was expressed in a statement published by the Mexican Presidency at the end of the official visit made by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and a large delegation that accompanied him.

The Cuban head of State was invited by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and it is Diaz-Canel’s fourth visit to Mexico, the communiqué added.

Both leaders toured the archaeological zone of Edzná, supervised the works of the Mayan Train, met with IMSS-Benestar personnel in the Seventh Naval Region of Campeche and held a bilateral meeting to deepen the agreements reached during Lopez Obrador’s visit to Cuba in May 2022.

The press release pointed out that in the archaeological zone of Edzná, which was declared Humankind’s Cultural Heritag, Lopez Obrador awarded Diaz-Canel with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle in a Collar degree, in recognition of his merits for taking the strategic relationship between Mexico and Cuba to a historic level of friendship and understanding.

Diaz-Canel’s visit was part of President López Obrador’s tour to supervise the Mayan Train, a project in which Cuba supplied around 20,000 tons of rock for the ballast required by the railway.

Mexico ratified its unrestricted condemnation of the United States blockade against Cuba and declared its intention to lead the international community’s efforts to eliminate that hostile policy that President Lopez Obrador described as unfair and inhumane.

Likewise, he reiterated the urgent need for Cuba to be removed from the arbitrary list of State sponsors of terrorism, created by the US Department of State, a title that prevents international financial transactions and hinders operations by foreign companies, thus creating shortages of basic products, the statement said.

Both statesmen agreed to expand and strengthen cooperation in health care, framed in the agreement signed during President Lopez Obrador’s visit to Cuba.

They referred to the acquisition of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine and medicines required by Mexico’s public healthcare system, and highlighted the work of all 610 Cuban medical specialists who provide services in highly marginalized areas of Mexico and 429 Mexican doctors who specializing in Cuba.

In this vein, and with the aim of sharing bilateral cooperation at a regional level, Cuba accepted Mexico’s invitation to co-sponsor the Latin American and Caribbean Health Regulation Agency, which seeks to unify regulatory efforts, make processes efficient, reduce costs and generate access to technical capacities in the region.

The communiqué noted that the governments of Mexico and Cuba welcomed the significant achievements in the implementation of the Rural Development and Strengthening of Local, Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation Program, coordinated by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, which will benefit some 5,000 farmers in the Cuban provinces of Artemisa and Mayabeque.

President Diaz-Canel’s visit is a faithful testimony of the extraordinary moment that the frank and open friendship between the peoples of Mexico and Cuba is going through after more than 120 years of uninterrupted relations, the statement concluded.


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