Paris, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas had a busy agenda in France this week, when both countries’ commitment to strengthening relations was confirmed.
The high-level meetings between Cuban and French authorities demonstrated the good state of the bilateral relations, marked by France’s condition to be one of Cuba’s top 10 trading partners and fifth tourist market, with 170,000 holidaymakers.
On the third and last day of his visit to Paris, Cabrisas was welcomed at the Hotel de Matignon by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a meeting in which they highlighted bilateral ties and interest, especially in trade, investment and cooperation.
During the meeting, Cabrisas conveyed salutations from Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to the French president.
Philippe and Diaz-Canel met in Paris in October 2018, during the latter’s transit in his tour of European and Asian countries, a meeting that strengthened relations, after the visit of Francois Hollande to Cuba in May 2015 and Raul Castro’s visit to France in early 2016, when agreements were signed, including the Bilateral Economic Agenda.
Cabrisas also met on Friday with Prime Minister Cabinet Director Benoît Ribadeau-Dumas, who expressed his country’s commitment to support Cuba’s mid- and short-term development plans.
On Thursday, Cabrisas met with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, their third meeting in the past 13 months, after those held at the 3rd Session of the Economic and Commercial Commission in late December 2018 in Havana, and in January 2019 in Paris.
Lemoyne confirmed the French government’s willingness to expand ties and promote actions in favor of business and trade.