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'Rising cooperation with Cuba important to Turkiye'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on November 23, 2022 [Adem ALTAN / AFP]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on November 23, 2022 [Adem ALTAN / AFP]

Ankara attaches importance to its increasing cooperation with Cuba, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"I especially attach importance to increasing our cooperation and solidarity with Cuba, one of our main partners in the region," Erdogan said at a news conference with his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez in the capital, Ankara.

Erdogan said they discussed ways to develop existing cooperation in fields such as energy, tourism, construction, agriculture, development, health, and the environment.

Diaz-Canel's visit coincides with the 70th anniversary of Turkiye and Cuba establishing diplomatic relations.

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"As you know, our relations with the Latin America and Caribbean region constitute one of the main pillars of our foreign policy," Erdogan said.

He added that bilateral relations have remained under their potential since unilateral sanctions were imposed on Cuba years ago.

Turkiye and Cuba also agreed to raise their bilateral trade volume to $200 million.

Diaz-Canel, for his part, underlined that throughout history, Turkiye-Cuba ties developed "on the basis of respect".

The President said he had a "fruitful" meeting with Erdogan and that the two countries agreed to further diversify bilateral trade relations.

During the visit, Turkiye and Cuba signed six agreements in the areas of media and communication, culture and diplomacy.

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