Cuba-Mali Parliamentary Leaders Meet

Cuba-Mali Parliamentary Leaders MeetHavana, Oct 27. -The presidents of the national assemblies of Cuba, Ricardo Alarcon, and Mali, Diocounda Traore, met and highlighted the current ties of cooperation between their countries, according to Wednesday news reports.

In their meeting in Havana on Tuesday, the two leaders expressed approval at the level of relations, according to a note from Granma newspaper.

The African visitor expressed his National Assembly's opposition to the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which was overwhelmingly condemned on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly with 187 votes.

Traore also expressed his support for the struggle to free the Cuban Five, the antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in U.S. jails for the last 12 years.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez were detained on September 12, 1998 for monitoring terrorist groups responsible for violent actions against Cuba, and are currently serving harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to double life imprisonment. (Prensa Latina)