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Cuba s Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Perez Roque expressed on Friday his country s support of India in its efforts to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

In a statement to press in New Delhi, Perez Roque said that the political importance and economic growth of India make this Asian country able to become a new permanent member of the international body.

A few minutes before leaving New Delhi for Hanoi, the Cuban minister stated that the new members of the Security Council must have the right to veto and the UN should be more open, clear and inclusive.

Perez Roque noted that representatives of each region should have two seats at the UN Security Council, including Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The Cuban official defended the right of Iran to use the nuclear energy with peaceful purposes and condemned the US manipulation of that issue.

During his stay in India, Perez Roque met with his peer and host Pranab Mukherjee, the president of the ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, as well as other government top officials.

In their talks, the parties examined the historical links of friendship and cooperation between India and Cuba since they established political relations in September 1960.

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