The leaders of Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda have signed a Declaration of Solidarity and Cooperation in the interests of continued development among the small island nations.
Cuban President Raul Castro and Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed the agreement Saturday during an official visit to Antigua by the brother of the late Fidel Castro.
Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra said the "will to expand and strengthen cooperation between Antigua and Cuba marked official talks between the two leaders," describing the event as "fruitful."
"It is essential to promote an international environment that favors the development of countries of the South, in particular of small island developing states," Sierra posted on his Twitter account. "The negotiations between both parties were fruitful."
Castro delivered a speech of "friendship and fraternity" during Saturday's Assembly of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Sierra noted.
A minute's silence was also observed during the meeting in honor of late revolutionary hero Fidel Castro, who died just over a year ago at the age of 90.
On Friday, the Caribbean community (Caricom) reaffirmed its commitment to peace on the first day of the 6th Caricom-Cuba Summit in Antigua and Barbuda.
The 2014 Declaration recognizes "the inalienable right of each member state to chose its political, economic, social and cultural system."