On December 11-14, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Canada with concurrent accreditation to Cuba Akylbek Kamaldinov visited Havana where he met with Rosa Teresa Rodriguez Lauzurique, Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba.
At the meeting the sides discussed the installation of a bust monument to the Hero of the Soviet Union and National Hero of Kazakhstan Bauyrzhan Momyshuly. Cuban sculptor Tomas Lara, who attended the meeting, said it was a great honour and responsibility to work on this project. The monument will be installed in the Calzada park in the historical centre Vedado in central Havana.
At the end of the meeting the sides signed a memorandum stipulating the details of the agreement to set up a bust of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly in the capital of Cuba. The initiative of honouring the memory of a legendary Kazakh hero was voiced by President Nursultan Nazarbayev during his official visit to Havana in April 2016. It is widely known, that back in 1963 Raul Castro invited Bauyrzhan Momyshuly to visit Cuba. While in Havana, Bauyrzhan Momyshuly gave lectures on the military art and met with the leadership of the country. He received an honourary title of a Commander of the 51st Regiment of Revolutionary Armed Forces from Cuban authorities. In one of his interviews Fidel Castro mentioned that he the first hero of the World War II that comes to his mind is a character of the book “Volokolamsk Highway" by Aleksander Bek - Bauyrzhan Momyshuly.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed cultural cooperation in field of opera and circus arts, as well as the prospects of establishing cooperation between Kazakh National Academy of Choreography and National School of Ballet of Cuba.
Akylbek Kamaldinov also met with Fernando Gonsalez, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the Hero of the Republic of Cuba – a member of the “heroic five" who spent more than 17 years in prison in the US. He congratulated the people of Kazakhstan with the anniversary of Independence and expressed confidence that friendly relations between the people of Kazakhstan and Cuba will further strengthen.
An official reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of Kazakhstan took place in the Institute later in the day.