Paris, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Culture Alpidio Alonso and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay held talks here on their ties and the desire to strengthen them, diplomatic sources revealed on Wednesday.
According to the Permanent Delegation of Cuba to UNESCO, the meeting on Tuesday took place in a friendly climate, in which the host expressed expectations for her trip to Havana next month.
Azoulay recognized the work of Cuba in UNESCO areas (education, science and culture) and thanked Alonso for his participation in the 40th session of the General Conference of the organization, and in particular in the Forum of Ministers of Culture carried out yesterday.
Meanwhile, Alonso reiterated Cuba’s commitment to the multilateral agency and explained through examples the negative impact of the US blockade on the cultural sector.
He also shared Cuba’s vision that without access to culture there can be no inclusive development.
During the meeting, Alonso bestowed Azoulay with an image of Havana, the capital city that recently commemorated the 500th anniversary of its founding.
The Cuban minister was accompanied by Cuba’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Dulce Buergo, while the host was accompanied by her Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone, among other UNESCO officials.