Cuba is to start importing textiles and clothing from Iran following top-level talks between the two countries, it was reported on Monday.

The Tehran Times said high-ranking officials had already held negotiations and that Iran will extend a banking credit worth $12 million to Cuba to enable it to buy the required goods.

Cuba’s minister of light industries, Jesus Prez Atun, said a delegation will soon visit Iran to view the country’s textile and garment sector and explore various businesses opportunities.

He added: "The Cuban government welcomes implementation of joint production projects by Iranian and Cuban enterprises."