Niger’s Foreign Minister characterized on Monday the opening of its embassy in the Cuban capital as an example of the desire of both countries to strengthen the friendship ties that unites the peoples of Cuba and the African nation.
The green, white and orange flag was put up at the new embassy on Fifth Avenue between 86th and 88th Streets in Playa municipality with the presence of Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, the delegation accompanying Niger’s Foreign Minister’s official visit to Havana, representatives of the diplomatic corps and other guests.
Ibrahim Yacoubou pointed out that with the ceremony, a commitment made by President Issoufou Mahamadou has been concreted when he visited the island in September of 2014.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Living Abroad recalled that 41 years ago both nations established diplomatic relations and 25 years ago the two countries signed a cooperation accord that allowed broadening ties in different areas.
He stressed that the Cuban medical presence in Niger has allowed not only improving the health of the population but also the training and specialization of its professionals.
Yacoubou affirmed that both nations have advanced its academic cooperation and expressed that each year many Nigerien students are admitted in the prestigious Latin American School of Medicine in Havana.
The top African diplomat said that he is convinced that cooperation between Cuba and Niger will continue to grow in other sectors, like mining, agriculture, cattle and energy.
He highlighted the similarities of both nations as members of the Group of 77 and the Movement of Non Aligned Countries. He added that both countries will continue to strengthen ties between its governments and reiterated that Niger will continue supporting the Caribbean island and its struggle to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US.
The Cuban Foreign Minister welcomed his Nigerien counterpart this morning at the Foreign Ministry headquarters who arrived last Saturday to Havana on an official visit
By Fidel Rendon Matienzo