QATAR EMIR WELCOMED BY CUBAN PRESIDENT

HAVANA, Nov 24 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA)–The President of Cuba Raul Castro received today Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, who is on an official visit to Cuba to strengthen bilateral ties.

Following the welcoming ceremony, the two leaders held talks at the Palace of the Revolution, seat of the executive, and attended the signing of agreements to boost cooperation between both States.

The agreements deal with the non-requirement of visas for diplomatic and services staff, as well as specialists from the two States, seeking to benefit cooperation in various fields.

The agreements also confirm the willingness of Qatar’s authorities to foster investment during the next five years, in an attempt to strengthen ties.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez and Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca signed the agreements on the Cuban side.

On Qatar side, the documents were signed by Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Mohamed al-Attiyah and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Authority Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Bin Saud Al-Thani.

Al-Thani’s visit to Cuba is part of the development of bilateral relations, which began in 1989.

The two Governments maintain ties of cooperation in various sectors, including the presence of Cuban health workers in Qatar and the support of the latter to call for the end of US blockade against Cuba.–NNN-EFE

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