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Tehran, Havana named sister cities

3/9/01 Isfahan, Isfahan prov., March 8, IRNA -- Based on an agreement signed by the Mayor of Isfahan Mohammadali Javadi and the Mayor of Havana Konrado Martines here on Thursday, the two cities were officially declared sister cities.

In the ceremony, the mayor of Isfahan said in today's world the solidarity between the developing countries is a must so that they can achieve their social objectives.

He pointed to the two revolutions of Iran and Cuba and said both of them were popular revolts which led to the overthrow of dictators backed by the world imperialism.

The mayor of Havana said Iran and Cuba should unify against the unjust sanctions imposed on them by the United States.

Both countries' economies are under U.S.-imposed sanctions.

The value of annual trade between Cuba and Iran is about dlrs 100 million, chiefly sugar and other agricultural products, fisheries and biotechnology.

Cuba and Iran have expressed interest in broadening their trade beyond traditional commodities to include such other items as medicines and industrial goods.

Iran announced last year it would make available dlrs 10 million in short-term export credits to Cuba to purchase Iranian goods.

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