The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, held official talks on Wednesday with the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Luis Alberto Arce Catacora, who is on an official visit to our country, after participating in the XX ALBA-TCP Summit.

During the fraternal meeting, both leaders reaffirmed the bonds of friendship that unite our peoples, based on solidarity and mutual understanding. They also noted the excellent state of bilateral relations and expressed their willingness to continue to raise the level of political dialogue and promote bilateral cooperation.

The Cuban President thanked Bolivia for its solidarity, recently expressed in the offer of donations, as well as in the Andean nation’s support for the struggle to end the illegal and unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US government against Cuba.
For his part, the Bolivian leader expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to visit our country for the first time as President. He praised the development achieved by Cuba in the fields of health and biotechnology, and thanked Cuba’s historic cooperation on behalf of his people and government.

In the morning, the Bolivian President was received by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, and visited the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. As part of his programme, he will also hold a meeting with the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, comrade Esteban Lazo Hernández.
The distinguished visitor was accompanied by Rogelio Mayta Mayta, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Remmy Gonzáles, Minister of Rural Development and Land; and Eduardo Pardo, Bolivian Ambassador to Cuba.

The Cuban side was represented by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrill; Ydael Jesús Pérez Brito, Minister of Agriculture; Ana Teresita González Fraga, Minister a.i. of Foreign Trade and Investment; Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.