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Havana. November 4, 2014

Diaz-Canel meets with Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 3 (acn) First Vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Diaz-Canel, met on Monday morning with Paulo Portas, deputy prime minister of the Portuguese Republic, who is on an official visit to Cuba accompanied by a business delegation that is taking part in Havana’s International Trade Fair, within the framework of which the Cuba-Portugal Business Forum was held.

   The favorable development of bilateral relations was verified during the cordial meeting. In addition, the two authorities expressed their interest in encouraging Portuguese investment and business with Cuba, taking as a starting point the opportunities offered by the new Cuban foreign investment law and the opening of the Mariel Special Development Zone.

   The distinguished visitor was accompanied by Luis Alvaro Barbosa de Campos Ferreira, Secretary of State for Foreign Business and Cooperation;  Alexandre Nuno Vaz Batista de Vieira e Brito, Secretary of State for Food Supply and Agriculture and Food Research; and Fernando Antonio Albert de Carvalho, ambassador of Portugal to Cuba.

   Cuba was also represented at the meeting by Rogelio Sierra, deputy foreign minister; Ileana Nuñez, deputy minister for Foreign Trade and Investment, and other officials of the Foreign Ministry.   

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