Iran, Cuba Presidents meet to discuss deepening ties

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi praised Cuba on Monday amid expanding ties between the two countries. Raiai was meeting with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Iran and Cuba signed several new documents including various memorandums of understanding (MoUs). They also talked about expanding ties.

The meeting comes as Iran is inflaming the Middle East, pushing its proxies to attack US forces in Iraq and Syria and pushing Hezbollah to attack Israel and the Houthis to attack ships in the Red Sea.

It also comes as Venezuela, a friend of Iran and Cuba, is threatening to invade Guyana in South America.

Iran and Cuba talked up bilateral cooperation in science, technology, health, mining, communications, and medicine, among other things, according to reports.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a press conference concluding his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/SHANNON STAPLETON)

Raisi said that “standing against the global hegemonic system’s excessive demands is a consensus of Iran and Cuba,” according to Xinhua media in China.

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It was unclear if the visit had military and defense ramifications, such as drone sales by Iran. Iran has exported drones to Russia and also sent navy ships to South America in the last years. Iran’s goal is to expand defense ties to places like Venezuela, Cuba, Africa, and other countries. 

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