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PM Dean Barrow meets with Cuba’s President

Posted: Wednesday, September 12,2018. 4:11 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, accompanied by Cuba’s First Lady, Lis Cuesta, and Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, his wife, Kim Simplis Barrow, and Ambassador of Belize H.E. Annie Burns, in a frank and friendly exchange on areas of common interest.

The group discussed challenges, achievements and cooperation between the two countries.

In particular, President Díaz-Canel described the granular process of public consultation across Cuba over a Proposed Constitution in that country. He confirmed that public consultations were taking place in factories, schools, and other central meeting places in order to ensure broad participation. Members of the public are able to propose new points for consideration, as well as suggest amendments. This process is also open to Cubans abroad.

The President, Foreign Minister, and other members of the National Assembly of Cuba have regular participation in robust town-hall-style debates.

Barrow congratulated the President, Government and people of Cuba on this most important exercise, and the comprehensive, inclusive and fully democratic way in which it is being conducted.

The two leaders expressed a desire to strengthen the already close ties between their two countries.

The leaders agreed that greater cooperation would be especially useful in the political arena, tourism and trade. They discussed, in particular, the upcoming United Nations General Assembly.

Barrow reiterated Belize’s continuing support in calling for an end to the unilateral, unjust commercial, economic, and financial blockade against Cuba and its people.

The meeting ended with Barrow thanking the Cubans for their long-standing generosity in relation to the scholarships extended to deserving, young Belizeans.

On a personal note, Barrow also expressed profound appreciation to President Díaz-Canel for the hospitality of the Cuban Government and the expert medical care he is receiving in Cuba and for the warmth and friendliness extended to him by all Cubans with whom he had come in contact.

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