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India, Cuba to cooperate in biotechnology


Havana, India and Cuba will on Friday sign agreements in biotechnology, medicinal plants, traditional medicine, and homeopathy during President Ram Nath Kovind visit to the Latin American country aimed at strengthening economic cooperation between the two sides. India and Cuba are important partners in the global South-South cooperation. Later in the day, the president will hold talks with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel, who made an official visit to India in March 2015 in his previous position as vice president of the country, reports Prensa Latina news agency. Kovind arrived at the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba, Southeast of Havana, on Thursday for a two-day visit. He was welcomed at the airport by Cuban Vice President Beatriz Johnson, along with other officials. Shortly after arriving, Kovind paid tribute to late former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where his ashes were buried. "Honoured to begin my state visit to Cuba by paying homage to Fidel Castro in Santiago de Cuba. A great friend of India, who lent dignity and strength to the voice of developing countries in the international arena. His leadership shall continue to inspire millions," the president said in a tweet. Kovind will visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, pay tribute to National Hero, Jose Marti, offer a keynote speech at the Main Lecture hall of the Havana University and tour the historical district of the Cuban capital.

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