Japan, Cuba Agree To Boost Trade Amid U.s. - Cuba Talks To Restore Ties

Japan, Cuba agree to boost trade amid U.S.-Cuba talks to restore tiesForeign Minister Fumio Kishida and Ricardo Cabrisas, vice president of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, agreed Monday to boost bilateral trade and investment in the wake of the start of negotiations in January between the Caribbean country and the United States to restore diplomatic ties.

"I would like to continue to strengthen our relations in wide-ranging areas and hold a frank dialogue," Kishida was quoted by the Foreign Ministry as saying to the visiting Cuban official during their meeting in Tokyo.

Cabrisas, who is in charge of Cuba's foreign economic policy, told Kishida he hopes to see stronger bilateral economic ties through his interaction with Japanese companies, according to the ministry.