President grateful for Cuba’s solidarity with Lanka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed on
Saturday to further strengthen cooperation between their countries. The
two leaders met for official talks at the Palace of the Revolution in
Havana on Saturday where the Cuban President welcomed President
Rajapaksa with a military guard of honour.
At the start of talks, President Rajapaksa expressed his appreciation
for Cuba’s support to Sri Lanka in the international fora. The two
leaders highlighted the excellent state of bilateral relations between
the two countries spanning 53 years and expressed common willingness to
further promote it.
They exchanged views on further expanding economic relations. The
feasibility of adopting successful nano and bio- technology methods used
in Cuba for the development of coconut cultivation in Sri Lanka was also
Expanding cooperation in the health sector was also discussed which
included the possibility of Sri Lanka purchasing medicinal drugs from
The leaders also discussed ways of implementing student exchange
between universities in both countries and enhancing the number of
scholarships offered to Sri Lankan students to study in Cuba in the
field of medicine, engineering and technology.
The leaders also voiced interest in enhancing collaboration in the
field of sports.
Ministers Prof G L Peiris, Wimal Weerawansa, Anura Priyadharsana Yapa
and Mahinda Amaraweera, Deputy Minister Nirupama Rajapaksa and Secretary
to the President Lalith Weeratunga accompanied the President.