Havana, Cuba.- Cuba and India advanced in the strengthening of their relations with the visit to the Caribbean nation this week of President Ram Nath Kovind, who held official talks with his counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel.

On the eve, in the presence of Kovind and Díaz-Canel, representatives of governments and scientific entities strengthened ties with the signing of legal instruments in the fields of biotechnology and traditional medicine.

The Cuban Public Health Ministry and its Indian equivalent (Ayush) agreed through a memorandum of understanding to strengthen links in traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy.

It was also announced the signing of a letter of intent between BioCubaFarma, the Biotechnology Research Support Council and the Kalam Institute for Health Biotechnologies of India.

On the other hand, the ministries of Science and Technology of the two countries signed a memorandum for biotechnological cooperation.

After the official reception of the Indian president in the Cuban capital by Díaz-Canel, both heads of states talked about their interest in invigorating cooperation in various areas such as economic, commercial, investment and renewable energy.

In official talks, they expressed their satisfaction with the state of bilateral relations and the bonds of friendship between the two countries’ peoples.

Later, in a lecture at the University of Havana, Kovind urged to strengthen South-South cooperation for the benefit of multilateralism and the right of all nations to development.

Similarly, he warned about the need to preserve the unity of such a diverse group and considered relevant ‘a greater effort for the reform of the United Nations, including the Security Council.’

As part of his agenda on the island, the Indian president paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

There he laid a wreath to the Cuban National Hero, José Martí, and to the heroes Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Mariana Grajales.

In the Cuban capital, he also paid tribute to José Martí and the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.