Fidel meets with Yugoslav foreign minister Zivadin Jovanovic, who expresses his gratitude for Cubas support and solidarity during the NATO attack on his country.Agreement with YU on investment promotion and protection
August 30, 2000
THE Federal Republic of Yugoslavias minister of foreign relations, Zivadin Jovanovic, who headed a delegation that concluded a visit to Havana on Tuesday, August 29, met with President Fidel Castro at the Council of State.
Also participating in the meeting were Carlos Lage, secretary of the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers; Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque; and Yugoslav Deputy Ministers Ivan Markic and Zoran Jeremic.
Jovanovic and his Cuban counterpart presided over the official meeting, which the distinguished Yugoslav visitor described as being "a meeting between very close friends, brothers." He also announced his governments intention to strengthen relations with the island, not only on a bilateral level, but also in the international arena.
The Yugoslav foreign minister expressed his gratitude to Cuba for the support and solidarity shown by its people, government and president towards his country during the time they were under NATO attack.
Pérez Roque clearly expressed his governments position, energetically rejecting the war imposed on that sister nation.
Following a meeting, Jovanovic and Marta Lomas, Cuban minister for foreign investment and economic cooperation, signed a reciprocal agreement over the promotion and protection of investments.
Meanwhile, a group of Yugoslav businesspeople met with representatives of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and specialists from various ministries to identify areas for the development of bilateral exchange.
According to AIN reports, Jovanovic addressed a brief press conference following his meeting with the Cuban foreign minister and said that this years 8th session of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission had established the bases for concrete economic cooperation in various fields. He also resolved to increase mutual cooperation at international forums such as the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Jovanovic went on to express his satisfaction over the visit and said he felt gratified to have discovered more about the socioeconomic development of the Caribbeans biggest island and its results in the tourism sector.
He also voiced his hope that the upcoming Millennium Summit would contribute to the strengthening of world relations, stability and peace.
During their three-day visit, the foreign minister and the accompanying high level delegation placed a floral wreath in front of the Revolution Square statue of Cuban national hero, José Martí, and toured the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center, the Latin American Medical School and Old Havana.