Cuba and Nigeria
review bilateral relations
Claudia Fonseca Sosa
CUBAN Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodríguez Parrilla received September 2 his
counterpart from the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru, in a meeting in which both
parties confirmed the positive state of bilateral
relations, established in 1974.
Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru
and Cuban Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.
"Cuba is an ally and a natural
friend of Nigeria," affirmed Foreign Minister
Ayodeji Ashiru, who was in Cuba fulfilling what he
described as a historic visit.
During talks at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the visitor recalled that Cuba
fought shoulder to shoulder with Africa in the
struggle for the continent’s liberation, observing,
"We can never forget that." He also praised the
cooperation developing between his country and Cuba
in the spheres of education, health, culture and
For his part, Rodríguez Parrilla
described bilateral links as positive and expressed
his thanks for the unanimous position rejecting the
U.S. blockade of Cuba which was assumed by Nigeria
and other nations of the continent during the recent
African Union Summit.
The Cuban Foreign Minister also
proposed exploring new areas of economic cooperation,
given the existing potential.
After the meeting, both foreign
ministers signed an agreement of visa exemption for
bearers of diplomatic and official passports, as an
expression of the interest of both governments in
strengthening relations of friendship linking the