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Iran, Cuba Fortify Ties With 12 Cooperation Agreements

Iran, Cuba Fortify Ties With 12 Cooperation Agreements
Vishakha Sonawane
International Business TimesFebruary 17, 2017

Iran and Cuba signed 12 new cooperation agreements Thursday fortifying
ties at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on Tehran and
Havana have upset the two countries. The agreements have been made in
areas such as agriculture, health, biotechnology and higher education.

Cuban Institute of Radio and Television and Iranian network HispanTV are
also reported to have entered a memorandum of understanding under the

“In the political arena, we are two countries which have common
positions on international issues. As non-aligned countries, we support
each other mutually,” Iranian Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Ghazizadeh
Hashemi said, according to TeleSur.

Trump has threatened to make changes to the nuclear deal with Iran and
put the Islamic republic officially “on notice” for test-firing a
ballistic missile early this month. The 70-year-old also angered Tehran
by putting it on the immigration ban list, which includes six other
Muslim-majority countries.

The U.S. president is also reviewing Washington’s policy toward Cuba, a
White House spokesman said on Feb. 3.

Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed Trump and
his administration during a rally, in which some people chanted “Death
to America.”

“This turnout is a response to false remarks by the new rulers in the
White House and the people are telling the world through their presence
that the Iranian people must be spoken to with respect,” Rouhani said.
“Iranians will make those using threatening language against this nation
regret it.”

“Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening
Iran. They should know that the language of threats has never worked
with Iran,” Rouhani told the crowd at the Azadi Square. “They should
learn to respect Iran and Iranians. We will strongly confront any
warmongering policies.”

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