According to state media in Havana, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has told Cuban leaders that he would like to see closer ties between the country and Ireland, RTE reports.

Ireland had plenty of solidarity with the Cuban people, Adams told Ana Maria Machado, the vice president of Cuba's legislature.

He added that he was ready to continue supporting Cuba's communist revolution with concrete actions, the AIN news agency reported.

AIN said Adams was heading a group of Sinn Féin politicians, but did not say when he arrived or for how long they would stay.

In a statement Adams said he "was keen to return to discuss the dramatic and historic diplomatic and political developments that are occurring in US-Cuban relationships."

Machado thanked the Irish visitors for "the gestures of solidarity" that they have had with Cuba, especially against the US trade embargo, in place since 1962.