Cuban Foreign Minister Begins Official Visit to Belarus

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 22 (acn) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla arrived in Belarus on Tuesday for an official visit that includes meetings with his Belarusian counterpart Serguei Martinov and with President Alexanders Lukashenko.

Rodriguez' agenda on Tuesday includes the laying of a floral wreath before the Victory monument in Minsk as well as two meetings with Matinov, one private and another one accompanied by their respective delegations, Prensa Latina news agency reports.

The Cuban diplomat will also meet with the president of the House of Representatives of the Federal Assembly, Vladimir Andreichenko, with whom he will discuss bilateral parliamentary relations.

Later on the day, Rodriguez will be received by Lukashenko and then he will visit the National Library.

Cuba and Belarus established diplomatic relations in 1992 and they currently have cooperation ties, mainly in the field of transportation.

The Cuban FM arrived in Belarus from Russia, where he met with his Russian counterpart, Serguei Lavrov.

After that meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement announcing that Cuba and Russia are willing to increase cooperation in the commercial, economic and investment areas.

"Cuba and Russia share common positions on many issues of international interest, which contributes to a constructive bilateral cooperation in the United Nations and in other international organizations," the text reads.


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