In the morning of today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius, Hon. Nandcoomar Bodha, received the cuban Ambassador in his office in Port Louis, Carmelina Ramirez. Mrs. Ramirez covers Mauritius from Harare by concurrence. During the meeting the minister praised the resistance of the Cuban people against the US-imposed blockade and expressed interest in strengthening bilateral relations with the Caribbean island.
Accompanied by a large delegation of professors and researchers, which include the rectors of the universities of Zimbabwe, Chinoyi, and the Harare Institute of Technology, Professor Dr. Amon Murwira, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technological Development from Zimbabwe, began a week-long visit to Cuba. During the visit, Dr. Murwira held a meeting with his Cuban counterpart, Dr. José Ramón Saborido, in which he sought to identify new areas of cooperation between the two countries on issues of common interest.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa received Cuban Vice President Inés María Chapman in the State House in the evening, at the end of the dinner organized with the heads of delegations present in Harare on the occasion of Mugabe's funerals . During the meeting, which was held in a friendly environment, President Mnangagwa thanked Cuba's gesture of sending a high-level delegation, and ratified the friendship between Cuba and Zimbabwe, ensuring that the consolidation will continue.
Cuban Vice President Inés María Chapman spoke this afternoon at the farewell tribute held at the Harare National Stadium to the recently deceased leader Robert Mugabe. In her speech, the vice president recalled the friendship between Mugabe and Fidel Castro, and the brotherhood between the people of Cuba and Zimbabwe. She also mentioned the support provided by the African nation in the cuban fight against the blockade, and how more than 3,000 Zimbabweans have graduated in the caribbean island in the fields of Health and Education from the 80s to date.