President greets Cuba on its National Day

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday greeted Cuba on its National Day.

“It gives me great pleasure to felicitate you on the happy occasion of the National Day of Cuba,” Mukherjee said in his message to the President of Cuba, Raul Castro.

“Relations between India and Cuba are based on strong foundations of shared values and convergence of views,” he said.

Mukherjee said the meeting between Raul Castro and India’s Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari in Margarita, Venezuela, in September 2016 had added further “impetus to our ongoing cooperation”.

“Our two countries now look forward to a closer partnership in various areas of our shared interest including biotechnology, wind energy, power co-generation among others.”

Cuba is a Caribbean island nation and celebrates its National Day on January 1.