India and Cuba on June 22, 2018 signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in the field of biotechnology, traditional medicine and homoeopathy.
The agreements were signed following delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel at Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba.
The President was accompanied by a delegation including Minister of state for steel Vishnu Deo Sai and two Members of parliament.
President Ram Nath Kovind is on a three-nation visit to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. Prior to Cuba, President Kovind visited Greece and Suriname and discussed issues of bilateral concerns with the concerned dignitaries of respective countries.
• Both the countries agreed to enhance cooperation in biotechnology, renewable energy and traditional medicine.
• The health ministries of Cuba and India signed an MOU to increase cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy.
• Meanwhile, envoys from the Ministry of Science and Technology of both the sides agreed on an MOU to deepen collaboration on biotechnology. In this context, a Letter of Intent was signed between BioCubaFarma, Cuba's state company for pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, and India's Kalam Institute of Health Technology.
• Cuba reaffirmed its support to India's candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
India shares a strong, cordial and friendly relations with Cuba. Cuba and India have historic ties which date back to 1959 when famous guerrilla fighter Ernesto Guevara visited New Delhi.
Both the countries are founding members of Non-Aligned Movement and have stood for South-South solidarity. The two countries have also collaborated very closely in United Nations and other forums.