Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, recently visited Havana, Cuba to strengthen bilateral ties and explore new opportunities for collaboration in areas such as ports, tourism, air services, and biotechnology.
Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, concluded a successful visit to Havana, Cuba, where he met with several Cuban leaders to reaffirm the strong relationship between the two nations and explore opportunities for deeper collaboration. The visit comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Cuba, and highlights the commitment of both nations to multilateralism and global cooperation.
During his visit, Minister Balakrishnan met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, as well as Deputy Prime Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and Alejandro Gil Fernández. The leaders discussed expanding cooperation in key areas such as ports, tourism, air services, and biotechnology. Minister Balakrishnan also shared Singapore’s development experience with the Cuban leaders, and expressed admiration for the resilience and determination of the Cuban people.
In addition to his meetings with Cuban leaders, Minister Balakrishnan was hosted to lunch by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, where the two discussed the importance of strengthening relations amidst a challenging external environment. They also welcomed the strong cooperation between Singapore and Cuba at the United Nations, particularly through the G77 chaired by Cuba.
The visit underscores the longstanding and enduring friendship between Singapore and Cuba, which is built on mutual respect and shared values. Singapore’s economic and social development experiences can serve as a valuable resource for Cuba as it continues to pursue economic and social growth. The visit also highlights the potential for increased economic and social ties between nations with vastly different backgrounds and cultures.