10/29/13 - Zee News - Vice President Ansari leaves for Cuba
Lima: Vice President Hamid Ansari Tuesday left here for the first ever
bilateral visit to Cuba by a top Indian leader after a "landmark" tour of
Peru during which four agreements were signed.
Ansari will be the first Indian VVIP to go to the Communist country on a
bilateral visit as earlier trips by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
others were in connection with multi-lateral events and meetings.
He will hold talks with President Raul Castro but it is still unclear
whether he will meet Fidel Castro, the hero of the Cuban revolution who
gave up the presidency in 2008 because of poor health.
Officials described India's ties with Cuba as "deep, enduring and
historical". Summing up Ansari's meetings with Peru's leadership, Secretary
(West) Dinkar Khullar said the visit was a "landmark" one as India had set
the pace by engaging in key fields with the fastest growing country in
India signed four agreements with Peru, including one on defence
cooperation, to boost ties with the resource-rich country. The pacts were
signed yesterday at the end of Ansari's three-day visit.
Two agreements cover an exchange programme in education and another a
letter of intent for cooperation in culture. The two sides also signed an
agreement to set up a joint commission to step up bilateral ties.
Peru came out in support of India's claim for permanent membership in an
expanded UN Security Council.
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