Havana, Jan 29, (RHC), — The mutual willingness to strengthen bilateral ties between Cuba and France was expressed during a meeting between the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Ricardo Alarcón, and a parliamentary delegation headed by President of the French Senate, Jean-Pierre Bel.
During the meeting, Alarcon highlighted the historical cultural ties that bring both nations together, adding that conditions prevailed for further expanding such bonds. For his part, Bel confirmed France’s shared willingness to advance this relationship in all areas.
Both sides also discussed other issues of relevance, among them the case of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States under forged espionage charges, subject to an arbitrary detention and trial.
In addition, the visitors presented the Cuban side with a gift, consisting of an affidavit of Christopher Columbus and a handwritten text by the Genoese navigator, of which only four copies were made. The Cubans also received a paper on the visit to Cuba in the early 60’s by French intellectual Jean Paul Sartre.
The meeting was also attended José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Communist Party Secretariat and head of its International Relations Department, intellectuals, party leaders, members of the Cuban parliament and a representation of the French diplomatic staff accredited in Cuba.