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Indian experts to review relations with Cuba and their prospects

New Delhi, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Local experts will review India's relations with Cuba and their prospects, at a seminar at the Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in this capital, on September 27, diplomatic sources announced recently.

The round table, entitled “India-Cuba: Current Trajectory and the Way forward,” will be attended by Ambassador Alejandro Simancas on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s first visit to India.

According to the program published on the ICWA website, Simancas and diplomat Vijay Thakur Singh, director general of the Council, will deliver keynote speeches at the opening of the event.

Also present as panelists will be Bhaskar Balakrishnan, former Indian Ambassador to Cuba; and Sonya Surabhi Gupta, professor of Latin American Studies at the New Delhi-based Jamia Millia Islamia University.

As announcement says, the meeting will take place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s historic visit to India, which took place on September 11, 1973.

The Cuban leader’s visit contributed to strengthening the ties between the two countries, whose path was paved by Ernesto Che Guevara’s trip to India in 1960, and the meeting a little later at the United Nations between Fidel Castro and then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Established in 1943, the Indian Council of World Affairs is a group of experts dedicated exclusively to the study of international relations and foreign affairs, and it has been declared an institution of national importance by the Indian Parliament since 2001.