HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 9 (ACN) Arif Alvi, president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, expressed on Friday his country's interest in promoting cooperation with Cuba in the areas of trade, economy, health and culture.
In an exchange with Gabriel Tiel, Cuban ambassador that concludes his mission in the capital, Islamabad, the Pakistani leader reiterated that both nations need to identify and explore areas where they can expand cooperation, trade and investments and also advocated for the exchange in cultural matters, Cubaminrex publishes.
During the meeting, Saleem Mandviwalla, vice president of the Senate of Pakistan, declared the need to strengthen parliamentary and economic-commercial relations with Havana, after receiving the Cuban diplomat at the end of his five-year mission in that South Asian nation.
Cuba and Pakistan have maintained diplomatic relations since 1955, strengthened after the earthquake that affected the north of that country in 2005, when 2,564 health collaborators, including 1,463 doctors, members of the Henry Reeve Contingent, lent their solidarity to the Pakistani population.
Pakistan has a population of more than 219 million inhabitants in an area of 796 thousand square kilometers.