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Greece, Suriname, Cuba: President Ramnath Kovind to embark on three nation tour

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on three nation official tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba from 16 to 22 June 2018. Greece will be first leg of the visit followed by Suriname and Cuba. President will be accompanied by large delegation including Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai.

Key Facts

Greece: President Kovind will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during his visit. He will also meet his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and Leader of Opposition. He is scheduled to visit places of historical and archaeological importance and address the Indian diaspora. He will also visit Monument of Unknown Soldiers and lay wreath there.

Suriname: President Kovind will hold discussions with President Desire Delano Bouterse followed by official level talks. Besides, number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed. India will offer Line of Credit (LoC) of $54.5 million to Suriname for solar related projects. Suriname is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance.

Cuba: President will hold wide range of discussions with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez. Besides, number of agreements and MoUs in areas of bio technology, research and education in homeopathic medicine, traditional system of medicine and medicinal plants will be signed between both countries during the visit.

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Cuba and Morocco re-establish diplomatic ties after 37 years

Guided by the mutual will to develop friendly relations, Cuba and Morocco has signed an agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after a time period of 37 years. The two governments have also agreed to forge political, economic and cultural cooperation. The agreement to this effect was signed at the headquarters of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.

King Mohamed VI of Morocco has ordered the opening of a Moroccan embassy in Havana. Cuba is one of the few Latin American countries in which Morocco does not have any representation. It is expected that the relations between the countries would be restored after the exchange of ambassadors.

After Cuba’s diplomatic reestablishment with Morocco, Israel, South Korea and Somalia remain the only countries which do not have any ties with Cuba.

The decision to re-establish diplomatic ties has been made couple of weeks after King Mohammed’s private visit to Cuba. The visit of King Mohammed VI is the first ever made by a Moroccan king to Cuba.

Background

Morocco severed its ties with Cuba in 1980 after Fidel Castro officially recognised Western Sahara as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). Morocco claims the territory as its own.

The Cuba and Morocco relationship suffered several strains since 1960s due to Cuba’s decision to side with Algeria during the Morocco-Algerian military conflict of 1963 known as the “Sand War.” In 1970s, Cuba again decided to side with Algeria in its support for the independence of the Western Sahara from Morocco.

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