Cuban First Deputy Foreign Minister, Marcelino Medina, arrived this Wednesday in South Africa as part of an official visit to this continent, during which he will address issues of common interest on the bilateral agenda and the international scenario.
Medina's visit includes, in addition to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Rwanda, countries in which he will head a bilateral political dialogue and hold exchanges with different authorities and personalities.
According to the official program, during his two-day stay in South Africa, the high-ranking official will meet with leaders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and representatives of the Friendship with Cuba Association, among other figures.
The 15th Meeting of the Joint Consultative Mechanism, presided over by Medina and the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Alvin Botes, is scheduled to be held at the ministry headquarters in Pretoria.
The meeting coincides with the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between these two nations, signed on May 11, 1994, by Presidents Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, even though the historical ties between both countries date back to the years of the struggle against apartheid.
Hundreds of South African students have graduated in Cuba obtainintg various university degrees, and 700 of them returned to Cuba in 2018 to undertake the last year of Medicine, while in 2019 more than 650 will return to complete their training.
South Africa, on the other hand, constantly supports the Cuban Revolution, rejecting the US economic, commercial and financial blockade, imposed for almost 60 years, and numerous leaders and personalities have condemned the full application of the Helms Burton Act, which tightens sanctions against Cuba.
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