LATEST: Cuba seeks Parly partnership

Speaker of the House of Assembly Jacob Mudenda welcomes the Cuban ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Elio Savon Oliva at Parliament building in Harare today-Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

Speaker of the House of Assembly Jacob Mudenda welcomes the Cuban ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Elio Savon Oliva at Parliament building in Harare today-Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
Cuba wants its Parliament and the Parliament of Zimbabwe to form a friendship association where legislators from the two countries can share their experiences to strengthen relations that exist between the two countries.

Zimbabwe and Cuba already enjoy bilateral relations with several Zimbabwean doctors having trained in that country.

Several doctors from Cuba have also been deployed to Zimbabwe under the auspices of cooperation in the medical field between the two countries.

Cuba’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Elio Savon Oliva said the parliamentary friendship association would create room for legislators from the two countries to share their experiences.

He made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on National Assembly Speaker, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at Parliament building this morning.

“We want to promote relations between our two Parliaments where we can share our challenges, history and future,” he said.

“We have such friendship associations with 89 countries in the world with 13 of them from Sub Saharan Africa.”

Adv Mudenda said he welcomed the initiative because it would enhance relations between Zimbabwe and Cuba.

“But we would want to know from your experience with other countries that you have these friendship associations with if you have something like a Constitution which is written down and indicates how the relations are to be conducted.

“This is important so that when we moot the idea, we can be clear with the modus operandi. The friendship must be sustainable so that we don’t start something that ends now. We want the relationship to be well-grounded,” said Adv Mudenda.

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