Cuba – Iran | Strengthening relations
Defence Redefined
Published on 16/06/2023 at 09:23

The governments of Cuba and Iran expressed yesterday Thursday their will to strengthen their relations to counter the aggressive policy of the US, on the occasion of the official visit to Havana of Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, who completed his tour on the island under the communist government of Latin America.

Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, who received his Iranian counterpart at the Palace of the Revolution, emphasized that his desire is the alliance with Tehran to allow them to face together the aggressive policy of the empire, referring to Washington.

Iran and Cuba have to face, by projecting indelible resistance, the sanctions, the pressures, the threats, the embargoes, and the indifference of Yankee imperialism and its allies, continued Mr. Diaz-Canel.

The conditions and circumstances in which Cuba and Iran find themselves have a lot in common, the Iranian President said, stressing that the two countries have the will to defend their independence, according to the official translation of his statement.

Both Iran and Cuba are subject to US sanctions and have been included in the State Department’s list of states that support terrorism.

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Ibrahim Raisi, whose meeting with his Cuban counterpart was delayed by a day due to his late arrival Wednesday night in Havana, ended his mini-tour of friendly countries in Latin America in Cuba.

It started on Monday in Venezuela and continued in Nicaragua. All three countries are subject to US sanctions and are considered allies of Russia. In Havana, the two Presidents signed cooperation agreements in the fields of customs, telecommunications, and justice.

In the morning, Mr. Raisi participated in an economic forum, where he assured that Tehran is willing to cooperate with Cuba in science and technology, especially in hydroelectric, thermoelectric projects, and in the mining industry of raw materials.

In Venezuela, 25 agreements were signed in the fields of education, health, and mining. In Nicaragua, an agreement was signed with the aim of stimulating economic, commercial and scientific and technological cooperation.

Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdolakhian, visited Cuba in February. The previous visit of an Iranian President to Havana was the one made in 2016 by Hassan Rouhani.

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