CUBA, SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD BOOST ECONOMIC, TRADE TIES, SAYS SPEAKER OF CUBAN ASSEMBLY

HAVANA-- Cuba and South Africa should strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations to the same level as the strength of their political relations, says the Speaker of Cuba's National Assembly, Esteban Lazo Hernande.

He said this when he met a visiting South African multi-party Parliamentaru delegation led by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete in the Cuban capital. The delegation, which is on a five-day visit, had discussions with Hernande.

Hernande also said Cuba had developed a successful medicine for treatment of diabetics, which is receiving good response from various countries buying it.

However, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete described South Africa as ' very capitalist'.

She said she agrees with the Speaker that South Africa should intensify its economic and social discussions with Cuba.

South Africa is actually a very capitalist society and economy. Therefore, we will tend to be held back by the nitty-gritty of what needs to be done when in fact we ought to be taking political positions based on he relations we have as government to government leaders," she said.

"We therefore agree with what you said when you said we need for us to take even the political and social and economic discussions that we already have taken them further and deeper because we each need a better understanding of the difficulties that continue to be an obstacle towards a lot more that we could possible get out of these relations that are historic between the two countries."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK