Japan Willing to Strengthen Ties with Cuba

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Havana, Feb 5 (ACN) Japan’s willingness to strengthen ties with Cuba was ratified today by the special advisor to that Asian country’s Prime Minister, Iijima Isao.

The statement was made during a meeting betweePrime Minister, Iijima Isaon Iijima Isao and the Cuban Ambassador to Japan, Miguel Ramirez, at the seat of that country’s government, according to reports from Tokyo Prensa Latina.

Ramírez acknowledged Iijima’s contribution to the development of bilateral ties between Havana and Tokyo, and his participation in the important visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Havana in 2016.

The Cuban ambassador and Iijima exchanged views on the effects of the tightening of the U.S. blockade, whose extraterritorial effect also impacts economic and trade relations between Cuba and the Asian country.

Ramírez praised the outstanding role of his host in preparing the visits to Japan of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in 2003 and of the then Vice President and current Vice Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas in 2014 and 2015, among other actions in favour of bilateral relations with the island.

Cuba and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1902 and since then they have been sustained and increased in recent years, until the Asian country became one of the main trading partners of the island.

(Taken from PL)

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