Across years and distances

Exhibition at National Assembly’s House of Representatives, dedicated to 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Cuba, proves that Belarusian-Cuban dialogue is developing in all directions

By Yevgeny Kuvarin

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cuba to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Alfredo Neves Portuondo, notes that the exhibition has great historical value, chronicling friendly relations over many decades. Some shots capture a visit to our country by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, in 1972 — including his trip to Brest Fortress. Meanwhile, there are photos of ‘Belarus’ tractors operating in Cuban fields, common from 1961.

“Today, it’s very important for Belarus to reinforce relations with ‘long-distance arc’ countries like Cuba,” notes Vitaly Busko, the Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee for International Affairs and Links with the CIS. “It’ll be easier for us to boost our economic collaboration if we have allies such as Brazil and Venezuela in the region. When we launch the assembly of our Belarusian machinery in Venezuela at full capacity, it’ll be easier for Cubans to buy them from there. Meanwhile, a Belarusian parliamentarian delegation is soon to visit Brazil.”

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has congratulated Raul Castro — the President of the Council State and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, alongside the Cuban people, on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Cuba — on behalf of the Belarusian nation and on his own behalf. His letter of congratulations reads: ‘I’m convinced that strategic partnership between Belarus and Cuba will continue to develop dynamically.’

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