Cuba, Spain strengthen ties

Thursday, 2019-11-14 10:59:37
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NDO – According to Xinhua and the Vietnam News Agency, on November 12, on the occasion of the Cuban visit of Spanish King Felipe VI, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and Spanish King Felipe VI had a meeting.

At the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue strengthening ties in the fields of politics, economics, and trade, and to increase dialogue on international issues of common interest. Spain is currently Cuba's leading partner in both trade and investment.

This is also the first official visit of a Spanish king to Cuba, taking place in the context of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of Havana.

As part of the visit, Cuba and Spain signed the Agreement for the Framework of Country Association between Cuba and Spain for 2019-2022 in Matters of International Cooperation for the Development. The agreement covers three areas: increased productivity, sustainable territorial development, and consolidation of an effective public administration. According to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the agreement included a budget of about US$ 63 million, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, autonomous communities, non-governmental organizations and cultural cooperation organisations.