Meeting between President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the Iranian Vice President for Science, Technology and Knowledge-based Economy Affairs, Ruhollad Dehghani Firouz Abadi. Photo: Taken from Cubaminrex.

The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and president of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received on Wednesday the vice president of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Science, Technology and Knowledge-based Economy Affairs, Ruhollad Dehghani Firouz Abadi, visiting Havana within the framework of the G77 and China Summit.

During the meeting, Díaz-Canel highlighted the excellent state of bilateral relations. Both sides agreed to enhance joint work in the areas identified as mutually beneficial, especially biotechnology, and ratified the will to continue strengthening bilateral ties.

The Cuban president thanked Iran for its permanent support for the demand for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against the Cuban people for more than six decades. He also expressed Cuba's opposition to the imposition of unilateral sanctions against Iran and attempts to subvert that nation's internal order.

The meeting was propitious to follow up on the agreements reached during the official visit made by the Iranian president, in June of this year.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by Seyed Mohammad Hadi Sobhani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Cuba; Amir Hossein Mirabadi, President of the International Interaction Centre for Science and Technology, and Mahdi Elyasi, Deputy Head of Policy and Development, both Vice-Chair for Science, Technology and Knowledge-Based Economy Affairs; Tofigh Sedigh Mostahkam, President of the Office of Scientific and International Collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Alireza Khakdaman, Head of the Presidential and Public Relations Area.

On the Cuban side, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment; Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment; Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernández, Director General of Bilateral Affairs at Minrex, and Alexander Pellicer Moraga, Director of North Africa and the Middle East at Minrex.

(With information from Cubaminrex)