Cuba and Congo strengthen parliamentary ties

Havana, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Cuban Parliament, Rolando Gonzalez, met on Monday with the president of the Cuba Friendship Parliamentary Group at the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mwenda Bantu Munongo Godefroid.

Also present at the meeting, held at Havana’s Capitol, the venue of the National People’s Power Assembly (ANPP), was the delegation accompanying the African parliamentarian during his official visit to Cuba.

During the meeting, the two lawmakers highlighted the historic ties of friendship and solidarity that unite the two countries, and expressed interest in consolidating parliamentary relations.

Gonzalez briefed the visitor about the National Assembly’s work, particularly about its broad legislative work after the approval of the new Constitution of the Republic.

He explained that the process is making progress despite the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US Government on Cuba since 1962.

The lawmaker thanked the Democratic Republic of Congo for its support for Cuba in condemning and rejecting Washington’s hostile Cold War policy at major international forums.

Munongo Godefroid, in turn, called to increase exchanges between the two parliaments and expressed his country’s interest in developing cooperation in education, health care and tourism.

He also referred to the impact of climate change in his continent and lauded Cuba’s experience in fighting that phenomenon, based on the implementation of the Tarea Vida (Task Life) State Plan.

In his role as secretary of Commissions at the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament, Gonzalez underlined Cuba’s support in that regional body for further improving ties with the Pan-African Parliament to bring the two continents closer.

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