Posted: Monday, February 13, 2023. 9:56 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: In an approximately 20-minute address, delivered entirely in Spanish, President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel reiterated the brotherhood and friendship between our countries and pledged continued cooperation.
He recalled Cuba’s embracing the Independence cause of Belize “as its own,” the visit of the late Right Honourable George Price to Cuba in 2005 to receive the Jose Marti Award (the Cuban hero twice visited Belize in his lifetime, he noted); the subsequent official visits of Said Musa and John Briceño; and the expression of homage to the late Fidel Castro by the Belizean Parliament after his passing, and said that in light of those historic moments, he was “particularly honoured” to repay our country with this visit.
Since 1990, more than a thousand Cuban professionals have given service to Belize, ranging from education to construction, sports to culture, and especially in health. They, including 122 professionals presently working across the Caribbean, have been benefiting from English-language training provided in Belize.
And the discussions held last year and today, he said, were geared toward “identifying new opportunities for cooperation in joint projects for the benefit of our peoples,” and that we are more than diplomatic allies, but brotherly peoples, despite the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, and that the help we have provided each other over the years, while sometimes not enough, has been sincere.
The President specifically thanked Belize for its assistance following Hurricane Ian and the Matanzas hotel explosion last year, in the wake of the U.S. embargo and the media campaign that he said has “singled out” Cuba as the lone isle of resistance in regional hegemony.
President Diaz-Canel concluded by stating that Belize “will always be able to rely on Cuba.”
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