Diaz-Canel: “Grenada and the Caribbean can continue to count on Cuba”

The shrine is located on a hillside near Maurice Bishop International Airport. Image: Revolution Studies.

St. George. – In honor of the 24 Cubans who died with the brothers from Granada during the US invasion of Grenada in 1983, the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez, has concluded the intense work days of the official Cuban delegation in the Eastern Caribbean since last week.

The shrine rises on one of the hills surrounding Maurice Bishop International Airport, where once was the camp of the Cuban masons brigade who participated in its construction, and who, in an unequal battle, demonstrated the heroism of our people when confronting the elite forces of the Yankee Empire.

He recalled the young Cuban President Maurice Bishop “who,” he stated, at the head of the New Jewel movement, led the heroic revolution that marked the fate of Grenada on March 13, 1979, “the date of the victory. of his revolution, and a month later established diplomatic relations with Cuba, which were brutally severed by the invasion The American.

In the official statement emphasizing the words of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz last November, the head of state said that “the government of the United States planned to destroy the Granada Revolution from its very beginnings, for everything that this region represents in this region.” 1983, when he said: “Granada has become a true symbol of independence and progress in the Caribbean.”

This shrine, in addition to honoring the memory of the dead, illustrates “the traditional ties of cooperation and solidarity between our two countries,” stated the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, who reiterated Cuba’s commitment to further strengthening its relations. With all sister countries in the Caribbean.

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“We reaffirm once again that Grenada and the Caribbean can continue to depend on Cuba,” he said.

The honor was attended by local Foreign Minister Joseph Andal, representatives of the Cuban brigades and solidarity movements, as well as members of the official delegation of the Greater Antilles.

The delegation, headed by the President of the Republic, has in recent days paid official visits to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados. It was made up of Politburo member and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla; Ministers Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment; José Ángel Portal Miranda, of Public Health; and Rodrigo Malmerca Diaz, of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, as well as Deputy Secretary of State Josefina Vidal Ferrero and Eugenio Martínez Enrique, Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean of the State Department, among others.

The official mission also participated in the 8th CARICOM-Cuba Summit, which was held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Greater Antilles and the first English-speaking countries in the region to gain their independence, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana.

At the meeting in Bridgetown, Barbados, the leaders of those countries, the founding fathers of Caribbean independence and integration, and Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro were honored. Important agreements and projects to strengthen economic, social and cultural ties have also been identified.

Always among friends

During his stay in Grenada, the Cuban President held official talks on Wednesday with Prime Minister Deacon Mitchell, and the two delegations held official talks during which they agreed to strengthen mutual relations in various fields.

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On Thursday morning, the Cuban President had meetings with the Honorable Dr. Keith Mitchell, leader of the New National Party (NNP), currently in opposition and also a great friend of Cuba; and with His Excellency Cecil Ellen Fleuret La Grenada, Governor General.

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