China, Cuba vow to enhance cooperation

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-23 11:42:40|Editor: Yang Yi
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla in New York, the United States, on Sept. 22, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday met with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, with the two sides agreeing to enhance bilateral cooperation.

Wang once again extended condolences to Cuba over the damage it has suffered from Hurricane Irma, and expressed the belief that Cubans will be able to overcome the difficulties and restore normal life under the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party and the government.

In face of the complex and changeable international situation, China and Cuba should enhance communication and coordination and deepen their strategic cooperative partnership, said Wang.

China will continue to put Cuba at a special place in its foreign policy and will as always support Cuba's legitimate fight for sovereignty and its endeavors against the U.S. embargo, he said.

Latin America is an important region with a concentration of developing countries, said Wang. The development and revitalization of the region is an important part of the endeavors to revitalize the emerging markets and developing countries as a whole.

China-Latin America comprehensive cooperation is facing new opportunities, he noted.

Rodriguez thanked China for its assistance over Hurricane Irma, saying Cuba-China relations have seen a sound development with the continuous advancement of practical cooperation and good consultation over international affairs.

The Cuban Communist Party, the government and people appreciate China's support for Cuba's righteous cause and congratulate China on its enormous achievements in political, economic and diplomatic fields, he said.

Cuba is willing to strengthen exchanges with China on state governance and is looking forward to the successful holding of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The two ministers also exchanged views on Venezuela. They agreed that the internal affairs of Venezuela should be handled by the government and people through inclusive dialogues and consultations toward a proper solution within the legal framework, and the international community should play a constructive role in this regard.