The GDR and socialist Cuba established formal diplomatic relations in
1963 and embassies opened in Havana and East Berlin that same year.
Fidel Castro and Erich Honecker met for several official visits in both
East Germany and Cuba. This photograph shows the East German party and
government delegation arriving in Havana on an East German
Interflug plane in February 1974.
During the visit, Honecker and Castro signed a “declaration on the
strengthening of friendship and the deepening of cooperation between the
GDR and the Cuban Republic.” Cuba sent students and subsequently also
laborers to the GDR while the GDR imported its sugar, citrus fruit and
supported Cuban industry by supplying technology and technical