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President of the South African Parliament visits Cuba
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Havana, September 19 (ACN). Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of the National Assembly of Popular Power (ANPP) of Cuba, today received his counterpart from South Africa, Baleka Mbete, who made an official visit to the island since last Saturday.

The Cuban parliamentary leader said that both peoples are fortunate because of the excellent state of bilateral relations.

He assured that South African friendship and fraternity are of great significance for Cuba, in addition to the favorable economic relations between the two States.

According to the president of the ANPP, despite being geographically distant, Cuba and South Africa are countries united by historical ties of struggle for independence, against apartheid and in defense of the conquests of their peoples.

In South Africa more than 4,700 Cuban collaborators have helped, and currently 516 provide services in different sectors, spread throughout the territory of the African nation.

Cuban doctors attended more than nine million patients until mid of this year, a figure that is already increasing, and in the universities of the Caribbean island have graduated more than 800 students from the sister nation, said Lazo Hernández.

He emphasized that between Havana and Pretoria there are also agreements regarding transportation, communications, water resources and sports.

Lazo Hernández considered fundamental the role of parliamentarians in the development of relations between these and other strategic sectors.

He also urged those present to work to bring economic relations between Cuba and South Africa, at the same level as the political ties and recalled the close friendship between Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and Nelson Mandela, historical leaders of the two nations.

Baleka Mbete thanked the reception given to the South African delegation in Cuba and reiterated the support of his country to the Island in matters of vital importance as the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States more than 50 years ago.

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