Jakarta, July 7 - The Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for Political Security, HE Mr. Hoang Anh Tuan, and the Ambassador, Tania Velázquez López, held a videoconference´s conversation in which exchanged on the Caribbean island's historic friendly and cooperation relations with all member countries of ASEAN, and the broad coincidences in their foreign policy projections.
The Deputy Secretary General highlighted the valuable contribution of Cuban medicine, through various medical brigades that in current circumstances and during the years, have provided humanitarian aid to the peoples of the world, especially those of the Third World including ASEAN member countries, in the face of devastating consequences of epidemics and natural disasters. Also highlighted the relevant role played by the Greater Antilles within the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries and in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
For her part, the Cuban diplomat, after commenting on the possible areas in which the Island is capable of expanding its collaboration with the regional bloc, with an emphasis on sectors such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and the export of professional services, reaffirmed its total willingness to work in Jakarta jointly with the Permanent Secretariat of ASEAN, established in this city, with the purpose of promoting dialogue, which contributes to mutual knowledge and the strengthening of cooperation ties.
Mrs. Velázquez also referred the harmonization of positions and mutual support between ASEAN countries and Cuba in the multilateral arena, such as at the Human Rights Council. At the same time, appreciated the support offered by ASEAN and its member States to the resolution submitted in the United Nations General Assembly against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba and underlined the great importance to ASEAN’s participation with a statement in the debate on this resolution since 2015.
Embassy of Cuba in Indonesia.