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Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban Foreign Minister, welcomed Pacome Moubelet, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, La Francophonie, Regional Integration, and Gabonese Abroad, who is on an official visit to the Caribbean island, reports Prensa Latina.
During the meeting, Rodriguez expressed his government's willingness to strengthen ties with that African nation, and thanked Gabon's support for Cuba's demands for lifting the trade, economic and financial blockade imposed by United States.
The African visitor considered that the Cuban welcome, rather than a sign of friendship, symbolizes the fraternity between the two countries, and said he intends to expand those links by signing agreements between both foreign ministries.
The Gabonese chancellor congratulated Cuba for its resilience to adversity and its achievements in the field of science, a sector in which it is a world reference.
We hope to expand collaboration in all spheres and make good use of all the advantages Cuba can offer, he said.
Moubelet noted that this, his first official visit to Cuba, will serve as prelude for a future meeting between Cuban President Raul Castro and his Gabonese counterpart Ali Bongo.
An Agreement for Regular Diplomatic Consultations between Cuba and Gabon was signed by the ministers of both countries which main purpose is to promote the development of bilateral relations, as well as the expansion of inter-chancellor contacts, diplomatic missions and other representations of both ministries.
Cuba and Gabon established diplomatic relations in 1974 and their bilateral bonds have the greatest expression in the fields of health, education and sport.

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