10/30/13 - Business Standard - Vice Prez Ansari meets Fidel Castro
Vice President Hamid Ansari's meeting with revolutionary hero Fidel Castro
was the high point of the first ever bilateral visit by any Indian VVIP to
Cuba, during which the two countries also inked an agreement on cooperation
Ansari had an 35 minute-long meeting with Castro here yesterday, reflecting
the warmth in the relationship between India and Cuba, two of the founding
members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM).
The meeting was the first time in several months that the 87-year-old
former President of Cuba met a foreign dignitary. The last meeting Castro
had was with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in July. Castro has been
in poor health and demitted office in July 2006.
Meanwhile, an MoU on cooperation on broadcasting between Prasar Bharti and
Cuban Radio and Television Institute was signed yesterday by India's
Ambassador to Cuba Chinthapalli Rajasekhar and Vice President of the
institute Emillio Moises Garcia Borroto.
After concluding a "landmark" tour of Peru during which four agreements
were signed, Ansari arrived in Cuba yesterday.
Soon after his arrival, Ansari inaugurated a Festival of India that began
with "Nrityaroopa", a fusion of six classical dances, greeted with applause
from thousands of Cubans.
Ansari also held delegation level talks with Cuban leaders.
The Vice President also visited the Biotechnology Centre here, where he
hailed the "pioneering work" done by it and underlined "immense
possibilities" for cooperation between the two countries in the area.
Earlier in the day, Ansari visited the Revolution Plaza to place a wreath
at the Jose Marti Memorial.
"The Memorial gives an excellent account of Jose Marti's struggle for
freedom. It symbolises the success of the Cuban revolution and its ideals
of justice and equality," he wrote in the visitor's book.
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