Cuba and Iran signed memorandums of understanding in Havana today for collaboration in the sectors of commerce, sports, agriculture, health and biotechnological medicines.
The Iranian delegation chaired by the Deputy Minister of Health, Mohsen Asadi Lari, and the Cuban delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, signed the final memorandum of the XVII Session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation, scientific and technical
During the bilateral meeting, officials and businessmen from both nations discussed economic, financial, collaboration and investment relations.
At the conclusion of the negotiations, the Cuban minister considered that the commission's objective is to raise the economic-commercial exchange to the same level as the "excellent" political relations between the two countries, according to official media.
Malmierca affirmed that the bilateral trade is "discreet" and pointed out that Cuba maintains the interest to increase it based on the potentialities existing in areas such as health, medical services and the biopharmaceutical industry.
His Iranian counterpart, Asadi Lari, said that the aspirations of increasing trade between the two nations are based on the intentions of both governments to move forward on these issues.
The Finlay Institutes, dedicated to research and production of vaccines on the island, and Pasteur, from the Persian country, as well as the Sports of both nations, the Center for the Promotion of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba, and the Organization for the Protection of Trade of Iran signed agreements of understanding for bilateral cooperation.
The Organization for the Protection of Iranian Plants and the Plant Health Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture of Cuba, and the registration of medicines between related institutions of both nations, also agreed on exchanges.
"The will of the leaders of our peoples is materialized in an effective economic and technological collaboration, whose fruits, beneficial to the peoples of the two nations, we will see in the near future," he added.
Cuba and Iran maintain a close bilateral relationship in several areas, which includes twelve agreements in effect for the exemption of diplomatic and service visas.
The president of Iran, Hasan Rohaní, visited the Caribbean country in 2016, and in September 2018 he met with the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to evaluate proposals for collaboration in the sphere of health.