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Iran, Cuba sign 6 major cooperation deals

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (standing-L) and Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel watch on as senior officials from the two countries sign cooperation deals in the Palace of the Revolution in the Cuban capital Havana on June 15, 2023.

Iran and Cuba have signed six agreements to expand economic, political and judicial cooperation between the two allied countries.

The memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed on Thursday during Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi’s state visit to Cuba.

The MoUs were focused on judicial issues, political cooperation as well as on customs and information technology, according to a report by Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

Along with Raeisi, Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel watched on as ministers and senior officials of Iran and Cuba signed the deals in the Palace of the Revolution in the Cuban capital Havana.

The agreements came less than a day after Raeisi’s delegation signed three similar cooperation deals with officials in Nicaragua.

Those agreements were in the fields of judicial cooperation, trade and supply of medical equipment, said the IRNA.

Unconfirmed reports by Iranian media outlets suggested Iran had secured tens of billions worth of economic and trade deals during Raeisi’s four-day tour of Latin America where he has visited Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.

The tour is part of Iran’s efforts to diversify its trade partners and to join ranks with countries that have been targeted by foreign sanctions.

Raeisi had said before leaving Tehran for Latin America earlier this week that Iran views relations with independent countries of the region as “strategic”.

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