India sends 90 tons of pharmaceutical ingredients to Cuba as humanitarian aid

India sends 90 tons of pharmaceutical ingredients to Cuba as humanitarian aid

HAVANA, June 2nd. The Government of India sent some 90 tons of pharmaceutical ingredients manufactured in the Asian country to Cuba as humanitarian assistance.“These active pharmaceutical ingredients will be used by Cuban drug manufacturers to produce essential antibiotics in the form of tablets, capsules, syrups and injections, necessary for the treatment of chronic communicable diseases,” the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The shipment left this Sunday from the port of Mundra, in the western state of Gujarat, and according to Indian authorities it is a gesture that “reaffirms” its “commitment of historical friendship with Cuba.”

India sends 90 tons of pharmaceutical ingredients to Cuba as humanitarian aid

India is one of Cuba’s top 20 trading partners, and among the $32 million in exports to the island nation in the 2023-24 fiscal year, pharmaceutical and chemical products predominated, according to data from the Asian country’s Ministry of Commerce.

Beyond bilateral trade, New Delhi has granted important lines of credit for the execution of projects in the agricultural and renewable energy sectors.

Although the last visit at the highest level between leaders dates back to 2018, with the trip to Cuba of the then-Indian president, Ram Nath Kovind, both countries maintain frequent contact. India’s Minister of State for External and Cultural Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi visited the island in January 2023 to strengthen political dialogue and economic relations.
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