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  • North Korean Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong-hae (L) and Cuban Vice-President Salvador Valdes (R) in Havana, Cuba, August 15.

    North Korean Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong-hae (L) and Cuban Vice-President Salvador Valdes (R) in Havana, Cuba, August 15. | Photo: Cuba.cu

Published 16 August 2018
Opinion

The meeting was organized to "highlight the bonds of brotherhood that unite the towns, traditions and parties" between North Korea and Cuba.

Cuba's Vice-President Salvador Valdes met with North Korean Vice-Marshal Choe Ryong-hae on Wednesday to strengthen bilateral relations, Cuban state media report.

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The Korean official arrived in Cuba with plans to "highlight the bonds of brotherhood that unite the towns, traditions and parties," as well as discuss shared international concerns, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Ryong-hae was accompanied by Ryu Myong-son, North Korea’s ambassador to Havana and the vice-president of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

According to Vice-President Valdes,  the meeting was a success and "confirmed the excellent state of relations," the Cuban News Agency (ACN) reports.

This is the second visit President Kim Jong Un’s representative has made in the last month. In July, Ri Your Yong, deputy in chief of the International Relations Labor Party, traveled to Havana to extend greetings to former President Raul Castro and meet Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

In an effort to strengthen other bilateral bonds, North and South Korean officials are rumored to be meeting in Pyongyang later this month, South Korea Daily said Sunday.

It will mark the third time that the leaders of the two nations have met since the two nations' 1953 armistice.

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