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In the face of global challenges and geopolitical uncertainties, it is important to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “excellent” and “promising” CARICOM-Cuba relations, Chair of CARICOM, His Excellency Chandrikapersad Santokhi said Tuesday.
The President of Suriname was at the time addressing the opening of the Eighth CARICOM-Cuba Summit at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados.
“Fifty years ago, the foundation was laid for building a strong and mutually beneficial relationship, formally underpinned since then by instruments such as Technical Cooperation Agreements, and Memoranda of Understanding.
“This exemplary model of South-South cooperation, stems from the historic and courageous act of four newly independent Caribbean States, who established diplomatic relations with their sister nation in the midst of immense political tensions at the international level,” President Santokhi said, referring to Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
In his wide-ranging address in which he condemned the continued embargo against Cuba, the CARICOM Chair said:
“We in CARICOM, remain committed and constant in our advocacy for Cuba to be fully integrated into all aspects of hemispheric and international relations, and trade.” (CARICOM Today)