The Zimbabwean and Cuban parliaments are poised for enhanced cooperation with the two countries committing to working together on common issues of diplomatic interests.

Cuban Ambassador to Zimbabwe Carmelina Rodriguez who presented her papers of credence last year in February held a familiarisation meeting with President of the Senate this morning.

The bonds of solidarity forged during the liberation struggle between Zimbabwe and Cuba have continued to strengthen with most notably co-operation in areas of health and education yielding positive results over the years.

This Tuesday (today), Cuba’s top diplomat to Zimbabwe Ambassador Rodriguez paid a courtesy call on President of the Senate Cde Mabel Chinomona, where issues concerning how these two countries can widen cooperation took centre stage.

In 2017 the two countries launched the Zimbabwe-Cuba Parliamentary Forum, a platform that has been using its parliamentary diplomacy to find ways of bringing to an end sanctions imposed on both countries by the US.

Ambassador Rodriguez also took the opportunity to convey a message of condolence from the President of Cuba to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the people of Zimbabwe following the devastation and loss of life caused by Cyclone Idai.

Cde Chinomona said it was prudent that her office met with the Cuban Ambassador to discuss new areas of cooperation and engage on how the existing relationship can be further enhanced under the new dispensation.

The Cuban parliament comprises of 602 members and 322 of them are women.  

Co-operation between Zimbabwe and Cuba now transcends the health and education fields and now also covers sports and recreation.

Thousands of students from Zimbabwe trained in Cuba as science teachers and doctors and many Cuban doctors are working in government hospitals across the country.