HAVANA (CUBA)-Cuba’s President, Miguel Diaz-Canel and Culture Minister, Azzedine Mihoubi, on Thursday, inaugurated the 28th edition of the Havana International Book Fair, in which Algeria partakes as a guest of honour.
The Algerian singer Abdellah Menai accompanied by a Cuban pianist enthralled the audience at the opening ceremony, enhanced by the presence of Cuban Minister of Culture, Alpidio Alonso Grau, the Ambassador of Algeria to Cuba, M’hamed Achache and several Cuban leaders and intellectuals.
In this aspect, the Cuban president visited with the Minister of Culture the Algerian stand that includes “200 titles” in Arabic and French, on Algeria, its culture and literature.
On this occasion, the Cuban Minister of Culture said that relations between his country and Algeria “are distinguished, fraternal and placed above all economic interest”.
These relations are “especially reflected by the friendship binding Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Raul and the late Fidel Castro …..”, said Mr. Alpidio Alonso Grau who hailed, in this context, “the defense by Algeria of the Cuban cause in international fora and its fight against the embargo imposed on Cuba “.
For his part, the president of the Cuban Book Institute and the organizing committee of the fair, Juan Rodriguez Cabrera, considered that the presence of Algeria as guest of honor at the International Book Fair of Havana, “testifies to the strong and historic relations of cooperation” existing between the two countries and which “encompasses different areas, including cultural one”.
For his part, the Minister of Culture, Azzedine Mihoubi affirmed that Algeria and Cuba “are linked by historical relations that go back to the struggles waged by their respective peoples for freedom and dignity and are also linked by a (…) unalterable friendship over the years.
Algeria is taking part in Havana International Book Fair as a guest of honor, for the first time at an international book fair in Latin America. This fair will see the participation of Algerian writers, like the academician, Abdellah Hammadi and the novelist Maissa Bey who will host two conferences on the history and present of Algerian literature and women’s literature “.
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