Havana, Wednesday 19 de December de 2018 10:25 am

Cuba ratifies willingness to expand relations in the Caribbean

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Cuba ratifies willingness to expand relations in the CaribbeanHAVANA, Cuba, Dec 7 (ACN) During the CARICOM (Caribbean Community)-Cuba Day commemorative ceremony, held every December 8, Cuba ratified the will to continue expanding its relations in the region.

The members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of People's Power, and Bruno Rodríguez, Minister of Foreign Relations, headed the ceremony. Deputy FM Rogelio Sierra Díaz said that as part of that interest the VI CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting will be held in 2019, and in 2020, in Havana, the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government.

He reiterated Cuba's inalterable position of supporting the right of small island states and the most vulnerable economies to receive special and differential treatment in access to trade and investment.
We support the just demand to receive cooperation in accordance with real needs and not on the basis of statistics that schematically qualify us as middle-income countries," said Sierra.
He expressed satisfaction that the Regional Center for the Stimulation of Development of Children, Adolescents and Youth with Special Educational Needs, based in Guyana, is working with the CARICOM secretariat so that such attention can be extended, as envisaged in its design, to other countries in the community.
This institution is an example of the effective integration that exists among our nations, he said.
In addition, he announced that in the coming weeks a monument park dedicated to Caribbean heroes should be inaugurated in Havana, an idea that will finally be carried out as a tribute to those who fought for the independence of their countries.
Abdool Halim Majeed, ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, recalled that on December 8, 1972 his nation, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica formally established diplomatic relations with Cuba, which broke the diplomatic isolation to which the United States attempted to condemn José Martí's homeland.
He stressed the importance of thinking about the future of the region, and reflected on how, in order to project the future, it is important to take into account the past.
According to Halim Majeed, one of their most serious challenges is to break the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government on Cuba for more than half a century, which is a brake on trade between the two parties.

 

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