47 years of friendship between Cuba and CARICOM
The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, highlighted the sovereign and dignified policy of the Caribbean nations with respect to Cuba, on the 47th anniversary of those links.
"Today, December 8, we celebrated 47 years of Cuba- CARICOM relations. The small nations of the Caribbean, with their sovereign and dignified policy, pioneered opening their arms to Cuba when the empire demanded isolation," said the Cuban President on Twitter. "
From the moment of independence achieved by four Caribbean nations in 1972 (Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago), those countries established diplomatic ties with Cuba; Since then, the unity and solidarity of Cuba with its neighbors have been in continuous development.
That historic decision was fundamental in the fight for the rupture of the diplomatic blockade imposed by the United States with the purpose of isolating the largest of the Antilles.
The 47th anniversary of relations between Cuba and CARICOM was celebrated in Santa Lucia, the country that holds the temporary presidency of this organization. The Ambassador of Cuba, Alejandro Simancas, and Elma Gene Isaac, Ambassador for CARICOM and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States within the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, recalled the establishment of relations between Cuba and CARICOM, on December 8, 1972. Both officials ratified the base of friendship, cooperation and solidarity that characterizes Cuba's ties with Santa Lucia and with CARICOM. At the same time, they noted the significant and qualitative growth of relations and the consonance of interests and aspirations of the Caribbean peoples. At the meeting, held at the residence of the Cuban diplomat, was present the work team responsible for CARICOM and headed by Ambassador Elma Gene Isaac.