The Governor of Barbados highlights the achievements of the relationship between Caricom and Cuba

Motley said on the 49th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica with the largest island in the Antilles: “(…) Despite the progress made, we still have a lot of work to do. .

The head of government indicated that with this step, the leaders of these newly independent countries showed their disapproval of the policy of isolation towards Cuba promoted by the United States on the basis of the economic, commercial and financial embargo.

By establishing relationships, they sent “a message to the world that Cuba’s isolation was wrong and that they would not be a part of it, they were establishing a philosophy that said justice and equity would govern their peoples’ relations with others.”

This position is for the then Prime Minister of Barbados, Errol Barrow; Jamaica, Michael Manley; He said that Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Williams and President Forbes Burnham of Guyana resonate today in the majority of the international community, which demands an end to this illegal policy imposed by Washington on Havana six decades ago.

Motley noted that although the decision to establish diplomatic relations responded not to any economic interest, but rather to principles, “the friendly hand of Cuba was more than enough to pay any perceived debt.”

The President noted that Havana has provided the countries of the region with its educational system, professions from various sectors, especially health, as well as cooperation programs such as Operation Miracle.

He reiterated the importance of CARICOM members supporting Cuba with personnel specialized in the fight against Covid-19.

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“The depth of this gesture becomes clearer when we realize that it was not a country giving its surplus, but a neighbor helping other neighbors while he himself fights the same affliction,” he said.

Motley expressed his gratitude to President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez and the Cuban people for this appointment, and hoped to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the relations between Caricom and Cuba in the context of the complete abolition of the embargo.

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