The Republic of Congo, August 5, 2015. Cuba’s participation as guest country of honor in the 10th edition of the Pan African Music Festival (FESPAM) was the motive for the meeting held between Jean-Claude Gakosso, Congolese minister of Culture and Arts and Maydolis B. Sosa Hilton, Cuba’s acting ambassador in this country.

Minister Gakosso expressed his profound gratitude to the Cuban diplomatic delegation in Brazzaville and the county’s Ministry of Culture for participating in the recently concluded Music Festival, which saw performances by the emblematic Aragón orchestra. In addition he presented images of his recent visit to Havana, including those taken during this year’s city-wide Biennial.

Accompanied by his Cabinet Minister and Director of Cooperation, the Congolese minister expressed his intention to continue displaying the quality and variety of Cuba’s cultural-artistic offerings in the Congo, given the various historic and cultural ties shared between both nations.

For her part, the Cuban diplomat expressed thanks on behalf of authorities of the Ministry of Culture for being selected as guest country of honor to such an important regional music celebration. She also described the island’s willingness to continue working to strengthen and diversify existing ties in the cultural sector. (Cubaminrex-Embacuba Congo)