VALLETTA– Cuba and Malta have agreed to broaden and deepen their relations beyond the political, diplomatic and economic spheres.

The reciprocal will to walk towards new horizons in the bonds between both nations was a central theme of talks held here Thursday between Jose Carlos Rodriguez, Cuba’s new ambassador to Malta, with its President, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, when he presented his Letter of Credence.

During the cordial exchange, which was extended more than usual in similar situations, both parties valued positively the level reached by the political and friendship ties developed between the two countries for more than four decades, while coinciding in the motivation to undertake new initiatives.

In this regard, they agreed on the need to take concrete steps to strengthen ties in all fields, including culture and public health, which contribute to a better knowledge and understanding among peoples.

Rodriguez thanked the president for Malta’s support every year for the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly supporting the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba by the United States, and the role of this Mediterranean country in the construction of better relations between the European Union (EU) and Cuba.

Later, in the speech before the new ambassadors, among whom were also those from Spain, Guatemala and Lebanon, the Head of State assured that Malta would continue to give its full support to the elimination of the US blockade and contributing to the expansion of relations of the EU with Cuba.