Cuba, Namibia Strengthen Historic Relations

Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Namibia strengthened their historic ties this week, following the visit of that nation”s prime minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, to this capital.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who began an official visit to Cuba on February 14, was welcomed on February 15 by President Raul Castro, with whom she reviewed the progress of the excellent relations between both peoples and governments.

The two leaders ratified their mutual will to work to strengthen bilateral ties, and discussed several international issues.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila previously met with First Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel, with whom she also addressed bilateral and international issues.

Earlier, the prime minister paid tribute to the Cuban internationalist fighters at Havana’s Colon Cemetery, where she highlighted Cuba’s contribution to the cause of the independence of the African continent.

The Namibian leader emphasized that the contribution to her country, in particular, was unmeasurable, and recognized the ‘role played by the Cuban internationalist fighters, led by Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, to change the course of history in Africa and especially in the southern region of the continent.’

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is a member of the Political Bureau of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) and has been the prime minister of Namibia since March 21, 2015.

A member of Parliament since 1995 and the minister of Finance from 2003 to 2015, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the first woman to hold the post of head of government since Namibia’s independence in 1990.

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