UNITED NATIONS– Cuban President Manuel Diaz-Canel, met here Tuesday with his counterparts from South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa, and from Argentina, President Mauricio Macri, as part of his broad agenda on the sidelines of the 73 United Nations General Assembly session.

The meeting of the Cuban Head of State with President Ramaphosa took place one day after his participation at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Monday, a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly to honour the legacy of the former South African leader.

Blood ties bind Cuba and Africa. The cultural heritage of the African continent in the Cuban culture is indisputable. The culture and the best values of their people nourished ours, said the Cuban leader during the meeting.

Diaz-Canel spoke with Ramaphosa and Macri after the meeting held on Tuesday with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, during the General Assembly, whose high-level debate began Tuesday.

These bilateral meetings are added to those he held on Monday with his counterparts from Ecuador, Lenin Moreno; Iran, HasanRohani; Croatia, KolindaGrabar-Kitarovia; Mozambique, Filipe Nyussi; Peru, Martin Vizcarra; and Andorra, Antoni Marti.

As part of his activities at the UN, the President has held talks with Republican and Democrat members of the United States Congress on Monday, to whom he ratified his willingness to promote the improvement of bilateral relations.

At that meeting, held at the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, the President called to take advantage of the potentials for co-operation based on equality and mutual respect.

The US lawmakers spoke to Prensa Latina and other media about the need to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on the island and the importance of expanding co-operation between both countries.

President Diaz-Canel also spoke with executives of several American ICT companies interested in the potential of the Cuban market.