The Cuban and Gabonese Foreign Ministers signed the agreement to continue strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations. Photo: Ismael Batista

In order to promote the development of bilateral relations between Cuba and Gabon, as well as to extend the existing ties between both nations, this Thursday, May 4, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, la Francophonie and Regional Integration of Gabon signed an Agreement for regular diplomatic consultations.

The document was signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and his Gabonese counterpart, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of La Francophonie and Regional Integration, Pacôme Moubelet-Boubeya, who stressed that this agreement “will allow us to consolidate our dialogues from the legal point of view.”

“We could review the extensive collaboration we have maintained, mainly in the area of health,” the Gabonese diplomat highlighted during official talks prior to the signing.

He added that his country hoped to take advantage of all the benefits that relations with the island offer. Cuba is an example for the whole world and we would like to intensify collaboration in health, he added.

Moubelet-Boubeya, visiting the island for the first time as Minister of State, also referred to the interest of his nation in strengthening relations with countries that have demonstrated their historic integrity.

Meanwhile, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla remarked that “We are honored by your presence among us; the relations between Cuba and Africa are very important, since Africa is the basis of Cuban culture and runs through our veins.”

“We are pleased with the relations between Cuba and Gabon, our effective collaboration, as we share similar goals and approaches at the international level and in favor of the countries of the South,” he added during the meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra and Ángel Villa, director of Sub-Saharan Africa at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, among other officials.

Rodríguez Parrilla also expressed Cuba’s gratitude for the position adopted by Gabon in the United Nations against the U.S. blockade imposed on the island since 1962.