10/23/13 - Daily News & Analysis - Hamid Ansari to leave for historic visit to Cuba
Not wanting to neglect its interests in Latin America, India will send
vice-president Hamid Ansari on a five-day visit to the continent later
this week. Ansari will leave first for Peru on 25 October and arrive in
Cuba on the 29th for the first ever VVIP visit between the two nations.
In what will be Indias first state visit to Peru in 15 years following
President KR Narayanans visit to the country in the late-1990s, Ansari
will meet Peruvian President Ollanta Humala. Ansari, who will be
accompanied by a minister of state of the Indian government, four MPs and
other officials, will inaugurate a mini festival organised to mark the
50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Economic discussions between the two nations is likely to be significant
as Peru is one of the largest economies in Latin America and has one of
the fastest growth rate in the region, said Dinkar Khullar,.secretary in
the Ministry of External Affairs. Discussions will explore ways to
enhance trade and investment. Trade relations between the two stand at
$1.1 billion, he said.
In Cuba, Ansari will meet his counterpart as well as President Raul
Castro. This will be the first VVIP visit in the history of our bilateral
relations despite our old and enduring ties with Havana, said Khullar.
The visit comes at a time when Cuba holds the presidency of a group of 33
Latin American countries. India and Cuba will discuss areas of
collaboration, such as biotechnology and sports. We have Cuban coaches,
notably in the field of boxing. We will see how this can progress, said
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