By Rafael Arzuaga Junco
Addis Abeba, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s first vice president, Salvador Valdés Mesa, invited president of the Ethiopian Parliament, Tagesse Chaffo, to visit the Caribbean nation, revealed today a member of the Cuban delegation here on a three-day visit.
Chaffo received the day before Valdés Mesa and the Cuban delegation that accompanied him, made up by vice minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Teresita González; the adviser to the Minister of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, and the ambassador of Cuba in Addis Ababa, Vilma Thomas.
During the meeting, the first vice president formalized the invitation, with the aim of strengthening parliamentary ties, as part of the willingness of both states to strengthen bilateral relations, the source told Prensa Latina.
The also member of the Political Bureau of the Cuban Communist Party thanked the Ethiopian government for supporting the struggle of the Cuban people against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, the United Nations, the African Union and other international scenarios.
For his part, the leader of the Parliament highlighted the contribution of Cuba to the training of thousands of young people in different specialties, the contribution to the development of the country, especially in the health system, and the importance of the Antillean nation in the preservation of Ethiopian territorial integrity.
The authorities of both countries showed interest in strengthening and increasing existing bilateral cooperation and extending it to sectors that offer development opportunities for both parties.
On Friday concluded the official visit to Ethiopia of the Cuban delegation, which began on May 29 when it was received by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Markos Tekle.
During their stay, they fulfilled a busy work schedule that included meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, President Sahle-Work Zewde and Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew.
In addition, they met with vice president of the African Union Commission, Kwesi Quartey, and honored the Cuban and Ethiopian martyrs killed in the Ogaden War, a feat that determined the end of the invasion of Somalia to Ethiopia.
The program also included an exchange with representatives of the solidarity movement with Cuba, members of the resident Cuban community and members of the State Mission, to whom Valdés Mesa informed about the current situation in the Caribbean nation and the Government’s effort to guarantee its development.
Valdés Mesa led an official delegation to Africa, which included attending the inauguration ceremony of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of South Africa, and visiting the Kingdom of Eswatini, invited by King Mswati III.