Cuba, Laos sign agreements on economic cooperation, sports

President of the State Council and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez smiles to Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (not pictured) at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 9, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/LUONG THAI LINH / POOL

Bangkok, Nov 11 (efe-epa).- The president of Cuba met with his Laotian counterpart on Sunday in Vientiane to sign cooperation agreements in the fields of economy and sports.

A ceremony at the Ho Kham presidential palace was held to welcome Miguel Diaz-Canel on his official visit to the Asian country, after which he met with Bounnhang Vorachith and Laos prime minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

The two countries, who have been allies since the Cold War, signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between their respective central banks, according to the Cuban foreign ministry.

An agreement on sports cooperation was also signed between the two nations.

During his meeting with Diaz-Canel, Sisoulith underlined Cuba’s position as a friendly nation, and how the president’s visit would help strengthen bilateral relations.

This is Diaz-Canel’s second visit to Laos, after one in 2013 when he was vice president under Raul Castro.

Economic exchanges between Cuba and Vientiane are practically non-existent, although diplomatic relations – dating back to 1974 – have remained strong through cultural exchanges and official meetings.

Laos is the final stop in Diaz-Canel’s Asian tour, which included visits to China, North Korea and Vietnam.