The first vice president of Cuba met with his Iranian counterpart Saturday in a visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations after President Mohammad Khatami's recent trip to Havana.
Carlos Lage, who arrived here on Thursday, held talks with Hassan Habibi and said his visit comes as "relations between the two countries are very satisfactory," the official IRNA news agency reported.
Khatami was unexpectedly greeted by Cuban leader Fidel Castro at Havana airport as he arrived for a visit on his return to Tehran after the OPEC summit in Venezuela last month.
During the visit, the first to Cuba by an Iranian head of state in 40 years, the two nations reportedly signed a number of bilateral cooperation accords.
Iranian sources in Havana also said that the two nations were mulling a barter deal for the exchange of Iranian oil and Cuban sugar.
Lage is due to return to Havana on Sunday. – (AFP)
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