In his first visit to the island, the President of the National Assembly of Mali, Issaka Sidibé, thanked Cuban authorities for their cooperation with his country in various spheres, including health, sport and education.

Cuba and Mali have enjoyed bilateral relations since December 1960. Photo: Jose M. Correa Photo: Jose M. Correa

On being received by Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, Sidibé highlighted the spirit of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries.

Cuba and Mali have enjoyed uninterrupted relations since 1960 and to date, almost 400 Malian students of different disciplines, principally medicine, have graduated in Cuba.

Lazo thanked his Malian counterpart for the support the country has offered in denouncing the criminal economic blockade imposed against Cuba by the United States.

Meanwhile, Sidibé assured that the example of resistance provided by Cuba serves as inspiration for all Malians.

Lazo expressed Cuba’s willingness to resume cooperation – which was affected by episodes of internal instability in the country in 2012 – as soon as the security situation permits.

Mali was the first African country to install an Operation Miracle center and Cuban collaborators in various fields have made their mark in the nation.
The Malian delegation highlighted increased cultural exchange as one of the main objectives of this visit.