The two senior officials discussed international matters in Havana on Wednesday, such as their consensus on issues at international forums, and Cuba's role as current president of Community of the Latin American and Caribbean States, media report said.

The Indian Vice-President described, “excellent the ties his country and Cuba have had for more than half a century", a news agency said.

After placing a wreath at a monument to national hero Jose Marti in Havana, Hamid Ansari "highlighted the close friendship that unites the two nations", and "the importance of the life and work of Marti and his significance to the island and the rest of the world", it added.

Later on Wednesday, the two officials were to sign a visa-exemption agreement between the two countries and a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in radio and television.

Hamid Ansari arrived in Havana on Tuesday on an official two-day visit, accompanied by a delegation that includes Human Resources Minister Jitin Prasada, as well as other government officials and legislators.

On Tuesday, he attended the inauguration of the Festival of Indian Culture, which will last till November 4 and is considered the biggest event of its kind in Cuba.

Cuba and India maintain cooperation programmes in the fields of agriculture, education, electronics, information technology and the textile industry.


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