Cuba and South Africa Reactivate Bilateral Economic Assistance Agreem

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Cuba and South Africa today signed an exchange of diplomatic notes for the implementation of the bilateral economic assistance agreement signed by the two governments in 2012.

The aim is to promote the direct trade relations between the two nations, confirmed the Embassy of Cuba in Pretoria.

The exchange of letters took place this Friday, in this capital, by the Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa, Rob Davies Haydn, and the Ambassador of Cuba in this country, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio Dominguez.

The Cuban diplomat expressed the deep appreciation of Cuba by the decision of President Jacob Zuma to promote this agreement in 2010, which will increase the basis to further develop a relationship of mutual benefit.

The signing of these notes coincide with the 20th anniversary of relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Republic of South Africa and is the culmination of efforts to strengthen commercial ties between the two nations, the source added.

It is an important step in the mutual commitment to maintain trade and economic links to the same level as the strong political ties between Cuba and South Africa, said Cossio.

Cuba and South Africa enjoy a relationship of vibrant friendship, since 1994, inspired by the close collaboration and solidarity developed between the two peoples since the beginning of the 1960s, said the Ambassador.

On May 11, 1994, the presidents Nelson Mandela (South Africa) and Fidel Castro (Cuba), formalized diplomatic ties between the two nations, an official step to consolidate the brotherly relationship the two nations had begun three decades earlier.


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