Cuba, Mongolia pledge to expand economic, trade ties

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/9/17 11:19:06

Cuban and Mongolian presidents expressed their willingness to expand economic and trade ties between their countries on Thursday.

The meeting between Cuban President Raul Castro and his Mongolian counterpart, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, took place in a cordial atmosphere, according to a governmental release published by the Cuban News Agency (ACN).

Speaking highly of the bilateral relations, Castro and Elbegdorj agreed on the need to strengthen the cooperation.

The two leaders also compared notes on other issues of common concern.

"With this visit, both countries hope to expand bilateral cooperation in various areas and bring us closer despite the geographical distance,"the Mongolian president said at a press conference shortly after arriving at the Havana airport late Wednesday.

During his stay in Havana, which will last till Sunday, Elbegdorj is scheduled to meet with other government officials and visit sites of economic, social and cultural interest.

Cuba was the first nation in Latin America and the Caribbean to have established diplomatic relations with Mongolia in 1960.

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