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Chinese news reporting high level Cubans do not need visa to enter Egypt

Posted June 08, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Chinaview.cn

Egypt and Cuba have signed an agreement whereby the two countries’ nationals carrying diplomatic or special passports will be exempted from entry visas to the other country, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Saturday.

The agreement was signed by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rodriguez Costa and Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister for American Affairs Hatem Seiful-Nasr during the latter’s visit to Cuba, which ended on Thursday, MENA quoted a statement from the Cuban embassy in Cairo as saying.

The agreement reflected the two governments’ keenness to upgrade bilateral ties and cooperation, Costa added.

Editor: Yan Liang

Member Comments

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On June 08, 2008, publisher wrote:

Is this a big story tucked away in a tiny article?

Is this not a big deal?

One might read into this article that should high ranking government officials need to leave Cuba quickly for some reason wink, they can just fly into Eqypt without notice or having the proper entry visas?

Hmmm?

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On June 08, 2008, arteest wrote:

Your mind is always going, isn’t it? grin

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On June 08, 2008, publisher wrote:

As you know, one has to do a lot of reading between the lines which makes for much speculation.

I’m just throwing this idea out there.

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On June 08, 2008, arteest wrote:

My first reaction was that it seemed an unlikely alliance. You could be right.

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On June 09, 2008, manfredz wrote:

watch the resorts in Varadero flooded with Egyptian diplomats .....
or maybe Roal is looking at prime real estate along the Nile….
actually found the article amusing since i dont believe there is much diplomatic traffic between the two.
The concept of the Cuban government bigwigs looking for a backdoor out via Egypt just doesnt sound right - not saying it doesnt have validity though.

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On June 09, 2008, publisher wrote:

Right. If there isn’t much diplomatic travel or even business between the two countries, why the cooperation and why the news story.

I’m just saying that there is a deeper reason for this and I don’t know what it is.

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On June 09, 2008, manfredz wrote:

whats even more interesting is that the reporting source is chinese….very weird indeed.
If it doesnt fizzle out and leads to something big way down the road, you can say we heard about it first here.

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On June 09, 2008, publisher wrote:

Okay. Specifically here:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-06/08/content_8326026.htm

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On June 09, 2008, Yeyo wrote:

Wow! So now diplomats and other high ranking Cuban government officials can go to Egypt without visa.
I can not see any news on it.
Cuba has similar agreements with several countries but the fact is that agreements like that do nothing to facilitate average Cubans to travel overseas.
Real news would be the day when countries start signing agreements for the average Cubans to travel without visas and the Cuban government allows them to travel freely.
NO more white cards!!!!

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On June 24, 2008, publisher wrote:

Thanks to a Havana Journal reader, from a Cuban News Agency story:

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque is in Angola on business and will then travel to Egypt to participate in the ministerial meeting of the 11th Summit of the African Union that will take place in the city of Sharm el Sheikh on June 27-28.

Cuba has been invited to participate in this meeting in its condition as chair of the Movement of Non Aligned Countries.

In Egypt, the Cuban FM will meet with heads of participating delegations and also with local authorities.

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Why Egypt? Shopping for retirement homes???