Havana, June 25 2015.- The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Justice of the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Mr. Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam paid an official visit from 20 to 24 June, fulfilling an official invitation of his Cuban counterpart H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. During the official talks at the Foreign Ministry he said that Cuba and Singapore are friends and countries with mutual understanding, but could do more both in multilateral and bilateral spheres.
For his part, the member of the Politburo and Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said the stay on the island of Mr. Shanmugam give new impetus to the ties between the two nations marching positively.
The cooperation on the port administration of the Special Development Zone Mariel, located on west of Havana, has been successful and there is a promising situation to develop the potential, he said.
Singapore has the largest seaport handling annual cargo volume both tonnage and number of containers in the world. The country is a major international financial center and a popular tourist destination in Asia.
The two foreign ministers signed an agreement covering the reciprocal visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, official, service and ordinary passports. As explained by the parties, this act is an expression of interest of both countries to facilitate the free flow of its citizens and promote bilateral cooperation.
Shanmugam complied an extensive program of activities, which included meetings with various government officials, and was received by Vice President Marino Murillo. Similarly he visited the province of Santiago de Cuba and was welcomed by the President of the Provincial Assembly of Santiago de Cuba, and he visited other places of socio cultural and economic interest.
Cuba and Singapore established diplomatic relations on April 18, 1997 and the two countries have significant economic and trade ties, especially in the biotechnology field.
Embassy of Cuba / Granma Newspaper