10/19/13 - Ghana Business News - Ghana, Cuba sign diplomatic pact
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Mr Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Friday
noted the United States continued embargo on Cuba is outdated and appealed
to the world super power to lift the ban.
Mr Quartey said this after he had a closed door meeting with the visiting
Cuban Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mrs Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga in
Mrs Fraga who is in the country to have a political consultation with the
government also signed a diplomatic agreement with Ghana.
The Cuban embargo was inaugurated by a Kennedy administration executive
order in 1960 in response to the confiscation of American property in Cuba
under the newly installed Fidel Castro regime.
The embargo codified primarily in the Helms-Burton Act, aimed at producing
free markets and representative democracy in Cuba through economic
sanctions, travel restrictions, and international legal penalties.
Mr Quartey said the visit was part of the usual bilateral consultations
that exists in the area of medicine, education, health, agriculture, and
He said the friendship between Ghana and Cuba dated back to the 1960s.
Mr Quartey pledged Ghanas commitment to protect the relationship to grow
in all fields of discipline.
We will continue the struggle together to improve the lots of our
people, he added.
Mr Quartey said under the agreement there would be visa exemption for
citizens travelling to both countries for official visit.
Mrs Fraga thanked the government and the people for the warm hospitality
extended to Cubans over the years.
She said her visit is to find ways to expand and strengthen bilateral
The Cuban Foreign Minister said Cuba is united to Ghana through history
and pledged the commitment to strengthen the political relations.
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