Sri Lanka donated USD 50,000 to the Government of Cuba last week as reconstruction aid for damages sustained in the tornado that ripped through Havana in January this year.
The funds were handed over by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake who was on an official visit to Cuba from 25 to 29 June marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
During discussions held between Senanayake and Cuba’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina Gonzalez, according to a statement issued by the former, it was also decided that Sri Lanka would participate in the upcoming FIHAV Trade Fair, Cuba’s largest multi-sector platform.
Senanayake also held meetings with First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Antonio Carricarte Corona on enhancing trade and commercial ties between the two countries.
Meanwhile, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and the Raul Roa Garcia Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba at the meeting, which the statement said seeks to develop academic cooperation and research initiatives.
The visiting State Minister was taken on a tour of the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre in Havana where Director General Luis Herrera Martinez, the communique further said, expressed his interest in aiding Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health by exchanging technology for the treatment of various diseases.