Cuban Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo and Singaporean Foreign Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugan have committed to strengthening bilateral economic and political ties.

During a face-to-face meeting in Havana on June 24, Shanmugan said his four-day visit gave him a general picture of the Caribbean island developments and opportunities arising from its socio-economic model.

For his part, Murillo said Cuba will continue learning from Singapore’s development experience to serve its renovation.

Earlier, Shanmugan, who is also Justice Minister of Singapore, held talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, during which they signed a visa exemption agreement between the two nations.

In Santiago de Cuba, about 800km from the capital city of Havana, the Singaporean Foreign Minister hailed Cuba’s achievements in medicine, science and technology.

He also spoke out against the economic and commercial blockade imposed by the US on the island for half of the past century.

Cuba and Singapore established their diplomatic ties in April 1997.-VNA