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Cuba and Bolivia Mark 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 11 (ACN) Cuba and Bolivia are marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations on Friday with strengthened links of friendship, said Cuban ambassador to La Paz Rolando Gomez.

Bilateral relations are excellent and serve as example for Latin American nations fighting of the second and definitive independence of the continent, said Gomez as cited by PL news agency.

Cuba and Bolivia established diplomatic relations on January 11, 1983, under the Hernan Siles Zuazo government and after such links were broken by influence of the United States.

The Cuban ambassador stressed the support given by President Evo Morales to Cuba at the UN General Assembly and at the Summit of the Organization of American States by condemning the US economic blockade of Cuba.

The diplomat recalled that President Morales also demanded the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters held in the United States, while representatives of the Bolivian government criticized Washington for including Cuba on the list of states sponsors of terrorism.

Cuba backs the demand of Bolivia for a access to the ocean and its request to legalize the consumption of coca leaves in its natural state.

Gomez also referred to the supportive assistance given by Cuba to Bolivia and stressed the work of the medical Cuban brigade in that country, which assisted 58 million patients.

The ambassador also said that the Cuban collaboration also has an impact in the fields of education and culture, and he called for the further strengthening of relations between the governments and peoples of both countries.

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