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Cuba, Iran agree to expand cooperation

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-01-17 11:24
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (L) and Cuba's vice president of Council of Ministers and Economy minister Ricardo Cabrisas (R) talk during Rouhani's departure at Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba Sept 20, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

HAVANA - Cuba and Iran on Wednesday signed a series of agreements to boost cooperation in such fields as medical biotechnology, trade, sports and agriculture.

After two days of work, the 17th Session of the Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission was concluded with several memoranda of understanding between institutions of both nations.

"The challenge of the commission is to raise economic-commercial exchange to the same level as the excellent political ties between the two countries," said Rodrigo Malmierca, minister of Foreign Trade and Investment of Cuba.

Mohsen Asadi Lari, deputy minister of international relations at the Ministry of Health of Iran, stressed Havana and Tehran's intention to advance bilateral trade and collaboration in several fields.

Cuba and Iran established diplomatic relations in 1979 and have maintained ties of friendship and cooperation, especially in the area of biotechnology.

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