El embajador de México en Cuba, Miguel Díaz Reynoso (i), y el rector del Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales “Raúl Roa García”, de Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Díaz (d), tras la firma de convenios de cooperación cultural entre ambos países. Foto: @CubaMINREX / Twitter.

Cuba and Mexico sign cultural cooperation and heritage preservation agreements

authorities of Cuba and Mexico Several agreements on cultural cooperation, heritage preservation and conservation of historical memory were signed this Tuesday in Havana, the Island’s Foreign Ministry reported.

The act coincides with the visit made by the general director of the Diplomatic Historical Collection of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Laura Beatriz Moreno.

Moreno’s presence is part of the activities prior to the official visit to Cuba by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), next May.

The first agreement refers to cultural cooperation, preservation and access to digital heritage, while the second deals with collaboration for the conservation, preservation and dissemination of bibliographic collections.

An published statement on the official website of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) explains that the fundamental purpose of the agreements is “to expand and strengthen bilateral ties in terms of preservation and protection of documentary and bibliographic heritage.”

It also adds that its purpose is to preserve the historical memory of both nations and highlight “their historical relations of friendship and cooperation.”

The ceremony in which the agreements were signed was presided over by the first deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean country, Gerardo Peñalver.

The signing on the Mexican side was carried out by Ambassador Miguel Ignacio Díaz, and on the Island, the director of the Center for Documentary Management, Saylín Sánchez, and the rector of the Higher Institute of International Relations, Rogelio Sierra.

Cuba and Mexico have maintained uninterrupted diplomatic relations for 117 years, despite some ups and downs, especially during the term of right-wing Vicente Fox (2000-2006).

With the subsequent return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to the presidency, led by Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), the ties between the two countries improved and with the arrival of López Obrador to power they have gained new momentum.

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