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Cuba’s first Vice-President Salvador Valdes Mesa in Ethiopia

Cuba’s first Vice-President Salvador Valdes Mesa (left)and Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister , Demeke Mekonen (right)Photo : FBC

May 29 , 2019

Cuba’s first Vice-President Salvador Valdes Mesa is in Ethiopia for an official visit. He led a Cuban delegation that has been to different African countries, according to a report by Prensa Latina.

He met with President Sahlework Zewde, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, and Foreign Affairs Minister Gedu Andargachew.

Sahlework said that Cuba is Ethiopia’s special friend and there is a need to work on areas that will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries, according to state broadcaster EBC.

Cuba’s first Vice-President Salvador Valdes on his part said that his country has a strong desire to continue the friendship with Ethiopia.

Ways of strengthening the cooperation between the two counties were agenda items during the discussion with deputy prime minister Demeke Zewude.

He also held talks with Foreign Affairs Minister, Gedu Andargachew. They discussed ways of further strengthening cooperation in economic, political and diplomatic areas, and have reached an agreement. They have also agreed to enhance cooperation in international stages.

Mr. Salvador Valdes will also meet with the African Union leadership.

Currently, there are about 28 Cubans working on collaboration programs in Ethiopia of which 22 are in the health sector while the remaining six are in the education sector. They are in Ethiopia as part of Cuba’s professional assistance to African nations, according to a report by Prensa Cuba.

5000 Ethiopians studied in Cuba and are currently working in different sectors in Ethiopia. First Vice-President Salvador Valdes is expected to meet with Ethiopians who studied in Cuba.

Cuban soldiers fought alongside Ethiopian soldiers during Somalia’s invasion of Ethiopia in the late 1970s.

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