By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize reiterated its call for an immediate end to the embargo against Cuba and reaffirmed the strengthening of its close ties with Cuba as it commemorated the CARICOM – Cuba Day on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Government of Belize Press Office.
“The unilateral and illegal economic and financial embargo imposed on Cuba … continues to have a devastating impact on the country,” said the statement which added that “Cuba’s indomitable spirit, fierce independence, and long-standing support for the welfare of mankind are widely admired and respected.”
Belize joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in commemorating the 49th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the CARICOM and Cuba, and the 19th anniversary of the CARICOM-Cuba Day.
“This is a historic achievement celebrated by Belize, CARICOM, and Cuba,” said the Press Office statement. “Since 1972, affairs between CARICOM and Cuba have grown tremendously on the basis of friendly relations, mutual respect, cooperation and solidarity. The close partnership between CARICOM countries and Cuba is an enduring model of what South-South cooperation can accomplish.”
The statement said Cuba’s humanitarian ethos was manifested when it deployed the Henry Reeve Brigade to Belize at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement said Belize is very grateful to Cuba for that assistance “which bolstered the public health response to the pandemic in Belize and many CARICOM member states”.
“The Government of Belize reaffirms its commitment to further strengthen and enhance the close ties of friendship, cooperation, and solidarity with Cuba and extends its best wishes to the Government and people of Cuba,” said the statement.