Pakistan and Cuba have signed an agreement in Islamabad to withdraw visa condition for those people having official passport and diplomatic positions in both the countries.
Interior Secretary Azam Suleman and Cuban Ambassador Gabriel Capote signed the document in the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Cuban Vice President Roberto Morales Ojeda.
Under the agreement, the people who have diplomatic, official and special passports will not require visa to enter each other’s country. The visa agreement will help expand bilateral relations and strengthen trade, cultural and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Talking to Cuban vice president, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi underlined the need for enhancing economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between Pakistan and Cuba to strengthen bilateral ties.
He said that there is enormous potential for Pakistan and Cuba to enhance cooperation in health and agricultural sectors. Appreciating the Cuban advancement in the field of bio-technology, he proposed collaboration in research and development for production of life saving vaccines.
In a meeting at the PM Office with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Cuban vice president said his country will work on specific proposals to enhance bilateral cooperation, particularly in health and trade sectors, with Pakistan. Roberto Morales Odeja emphasized the need to augment bilateral economic relations in diverse areas.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan and Cuba had historically enjoyed close and cordial ties and noted that the Cuban leaders including former president Fidel Castro are held in high esteem by the Pakistani people. He particularly recalled medical education of Pakistani students.
The prime minister said that he is impressed by the human development in Cuba. He said that this is part of his own vision for socio-economic development of Pakistan. The Cuban vice president highlighted the excellent nature of Cuba-Pakistan relations and thanked Pakistan for close collaboration in multilateral fora.
At the Aiwan-e-Sadr meeting, President Arif Alvi also thanked Cuba for its medical mission to assist the 2005 quake victims and the subsequent scholarship programme for the Pakistani students. After graduating from Cuba, the students are playing a significant role in the health sector of Pakistan, he noted.
He said that the decades’ old friendship between Pakistan and Cuba is based on the shared ideals of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, peaceful coexistence, equality and mutual benefit. He also recalled visit of revolutionary leader Che Guevara to Pakistan 60 years ago.
The two sides expressed satisfaction over the excellent bilateral political relations and agreed on the need to further strengthen them in the economic and business fields. Several areas, including pharmaceutical and health services, were identified for priority collaboration.