Jamaica's Prime Minister Receives President Diaz-Canel

Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness today received Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in the context of the 39th Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of Heads of State of the Community of Caribbean (CARICOM).

Holness and Diaz-Canel held the meeting at the Convention Center, hours after the arrival of the Cuban President to this city, especially invited to the conclave by the Jamaican governor, CARICOM's President pro-tempore.

On his second official trip abroad, the Cuban head of State was received by the head of the Senate, Thomas Tavares-Finson, who said that Jamaica was happy and proud to welcome him.

The forum will be held until tomorrow, and among the key points on the agenda are crime and violence; disaster management and climate change, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

The Conference of Heads of Government is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines its political orientation.

The Cuban delegation to the 39th Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM is also integrated by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra, and the ambassador of Cuba in the Caribbean country, Ines Fors.

  • Published in Cuba

Miguel Díaz-Canel Arrives to Montego Bay, Jamaica

The President of Councils of the State and of Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez arrived in Jamaica as special guest of the First Secretary of this Caribbean nation, Andrew Holness.

Early this morning the plane that fled the Cuban President landed in the international airport of Montego Bay.

The senate president Thomas Tavares Finson welcomed Miguel Díaz-Canel at the air terminal.

The Cuban retinue is also integrated by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, the Deputy Minister Rogelio Sierra Díaz and Inés Fors Fernández ambassador for Cuba in Jamaica.

Díaz-Canel’s visit takes place amid the 39th Conference of Heads of States of CARICOM where leaders from 15 nations that make up the regional block of political agreement and economic integration attend.

This is Miguel Díaz-Canel’s first visit to Jamaica in his condition as President of the Councils of State and of Ministers.

The invitation to the Cuban President ratifies the ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation that characterized the bonds between Cuba and its sisters Caribbean nations.

Cubasi Translation Staff / Amilkal Labañino Valdés

  • Published in Cuba

Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Commences Caribbean Tour to Strengthen Relations

Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz arrived Wednesday at Trinidad and Tobago, the first Caribbean nation he is set to visit on his tour to the Caribbean nations to strengthen diplomatic relations.  

RELATED:
Cuba Leader Praises Maduro in 'Solidarity' Visit to Venezuela

Apart from Suriname, Sierra Diaz's itinerary includes traveling to Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica, where Cuba established diplomatic relations on Dec. 8, 1972, along with Suriname. 

As part of his tour, Sierra Diaz will hold meetings with Caribbean counterparts, along with the Cuban residents and Cuban state mission personnel in those countries. 

Through the trip that ends June 16, the Cuban minister aims to reaffirm the historic bilateral relations with the region; exchange ideas on topics of mutual interest and reaffirm Cuban solidarity to continue cooperation with the region.  

Sierra Diaz, who is holding a meeting with the leader of the Movement for Social Justice Party's David Abdulah, thanked him for his constant solidarity with Cuba. He will also be holding working meetings with executives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). 

For his part, Abdulah reiterated to the Cuban vice-minister, the support of the Trinidadian social movements of Cuba's international struggle of seeking to lift the U.S.-imposed blockade against Cuba.  

At the headquarters of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Sierra Diaz who met ACS Secretary General, June Soomer, affirmed Cuba's commitment to the organization and its support for the revitalization process taking place in the ACS, the official note read.  

The Cuban vice minister's visit to the countries of the region, that ends June 16,  will also include Suriname, Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica, and will be accompanied by the director of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Luis Mayo. 

  • Published in Cuba

CARICOM, Cuba pledge to strengthen relations

General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (right) accepts the Letter of Credence of His Excellency Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, new Plenipotentiary Representative of Cuba to CARICOM Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and His Excellency Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, the new Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Cuba to CARICOM, pledged to strengthen even further the fraternal relations between CARICOM and Cuba.

The Ambassador presented his credentials to the Secretary-General on Tuesday 29 May, 2018, at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Georgetown, Guyana, Headquarters.

Secretary-General LaRocque recalled that four CARICOM countries, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago ended the diplomatic isolation of Cuba in 1972 and the relations with Member States individually and the Community have been mutually beneficial.

He reiterated the Community’s support for Cuba against the economic and financial embargo imposed by the United States and assured the Ambassador that CARICOM was resolute in its position on the issue. The Secretary-General also once again expressed condolences on behalf of the Community with respect to the recent airplane crash in Cuba which claimed more than 100 lives.

Ambassador Amador thanked the Community for its support and solidarity with respect to the embargo and accepted the condolences for the loss of lives in the disaster on behalf of his government.

  • Published in Cuba

Cuba reiterates support for CARICOM

The Cuban Ambassador to Belize, Lissette Perez, says Havana will continue its cooperation programmes with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as it embarks upon a new era in the election of 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel as the new head of state.

Díaz-Canel was sworn in as the new president of the communist country earlier this week, replacing Raúl Castro who decided to bring to an end the Castro family's decades-long rule on the island.

In his inaugural speech, Díaz-Canel said that his mandate was “to ensure the continuity of the Cuban revolution at a key historic moment” and assured the members of the National Assembly that “the revolution continues its course”.

Perez said that “solidarity with others” has always been part of the principle of the Cuban Revolution.

“The welfare of our neighbours is also to share what we have with others, this is the spirit among Cubans but we also try to educate our young generation in this spirit, to share what we have with others because this is the only solution for the world.

And that is why we will continue our programme for cooperation with the region that for us CARICOM members are our priority for cooperation because it is our area.

“We share the Caribbean Sea, we have a lot of similarities, a lot of challenges and together we have to face these challenges. That is why we have to continue to offer our expertise, our scholarships, area of medicines, cooperation in same sectors and others. It depends on the necessity of our brothers and sisters of CARICOM but of course we will continue because this is, for sure, our spirit of solidarity that we will preserve,” the diplomat added.

Cuba and CARICOM will this year celebrate 46 years of diplomatic relations and last year they signed a trade agreement aimed at improving trade relations.

  • Published in Cuba

US Black Group Lauds Caricom's Stance on Venezuela

The IBW urged Caricom nations to resist pressure from Washington and the OAS, and continue to stand firm in their principled position concerning Venezuela.

On Saturday, New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) said it was “very concerned about reports of racist violence by right-wing, anti-Government forces targeting members of the Afro-Venezuelan community.”

RELATED: Morales Slams Supporters of Venezuela's Opposition Plebiscite

IBW called on the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus to investigate these reports and to support the Caribbean Community's (Caricom) position by demanding that U.S. President Donald Trump's Administration “cease and desist interfering in Venezuela's domestic affairs, and in undermining its national sovereignty.”

The group also condemned recent efforts by the Organization of American States' (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro and a “small group of powerful states in the OAS who are relentlessly attacking the Venezuelan Government, openly supporting the Opposition forces, and are attempting to divide and weaken the solidarity of the 15 Caricom member states of the OAS on their stance towards the crisis in Venezuela.”

IBW lauded the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, for upholding “Article 15 of the OAS Charter, which says that 'no state, or group of states, has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other state.'”

The OAS Charter says “this principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the State or against its political, economic, and cultural elements.”

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century urged all Caricom countries to “resist pressure from Washington and from the OAS, and continue to stand firm in their united and principled position concerning the crisis in Venezuela.”

In a statement from the conclusion of recently concluded 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom, held in Grenada earlier this month, Caricom leaders “reaffirmed their guiding principles of adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy, as well as for the fundamental principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.”

  • Published in World

CARICOM Leaders Urged to Send Fact Finding Mission to Venezuela

The objective of the fact-finding mission would be present accurate and objective analysis of the situation.

Leaders from the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, have been called on to send a fact-finding mission to neighboring Venezuela in order to make an informed analysis of the ongoing situation in the country.

RELATED: Socialist Venezuelan Student Leader Killed After Backing Maduro

David Comissiong, the interim Chairperson of the Caribbean chapter of the International Network In Defense of Humanity, said in a letter Sunday that it was vital for CARICOM governments to get a clearer picture of the events unfolding in Venezuela. He stated the objective of the fact-finding mission would be present accurate and objective analysis of the situation.

Comissiong accused Luis Almagro, the General Secretary of the Organization of American States, of leading a "wicked campaign against Venezuela," with the OAS head championing the application of the organization's 'Democratic Charter' against the country.

"Luis Almagro, the current Secretary General of the OAS, is a virulent right-wing former Foreign Minister of Uruguay who possesses a deep hatred of President Maduro and his PSUV administration," he said in the statement.

The Clement Payne Movement founder also said the opposition-led National Assembly was refusing to carry out their lawful duties, rendering the government dysfunctional.

"They (opposition parties) were publicly declaring that they had no interest in carrying out any law-making functions other than to use their time and energy to somehow get rid of President Maduro before his lawful, constitutional term of office comes to an end in 2018."

He said violence and vandalism of during opposition-backed protests were "consciously designed manifestations orchestrated by the wealthy elitist opposition politicians."

Comissiong also urged media houses in the English-speaking Caribbean to send an investigative team to Venezuela, saying western media's reports on Venezuela are skewed and distorted.

https://images.openmultimedia.biz/640x480/clips/imagen-2017-05-07-161709500863-658123.png

Despite repeated calls by the Venezuelan government for peaceful dialogue and negotiations with the opposition, protests have continued in the streets, with more radical elements employing violence in efforts to force an ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro has looked to ease tensions by calling for a National Constituent Assembly that would open up discussions with civil society on a broad restructuring of the state, but opposition leader have also rejected the call and set off a fresh wave of protests which have led to the deaths of some three dozen people in just over a month.

The United States government, a long-time opponent of the left-wing government, has recently set its sights on the Caribbean as part of a strategy to isolate the country.

RELATED: US Senate Bill Allots $20M Toward Regime Change in Venezuela

The bipartisan Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act presented in the U.S. Senate not only seeks to pump millions to opposition efforts to undermine the Maduro government, but also looks to woo the Caribbean through a 'strengthening' of strengthen the U.S.-backed Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, as well as financially support regional investment energy diversification across the Caribbean and Central America.

As part of a wider international effort, the U.S. would leverage the Caribbean to respond to the crisis, where many Caribbean countries “which depend largely on high cost imported fuel for electricity generation, and many of which have benefited from preferential treatment by Venezuela,” the bill states.

  • Published in World

Caricom and Cuba To Discuss Energy Co-op

A delegation of the Caribbean Community will travel to Cuba soon to assess opportunities to carry out renewable energy projects in the area, an official source confirmed.

Devon Gardner, Caricom Manager of Energy Development Projects, told Cuban Ambassador in Guyana, Julio Cesar Gonzalez, that the idea is to make come true plans to produce biogas and generate electricity from agricultural waste like bagasse, among other initiatives.

According to Gardner, the delegation would be led by Assistant Secretary General for Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox.

Gardner also praised Cuba's controbution to the integration process in the area, the formation of human resources and the assistance to Caribbean nations, despite being a victim of the US economic, financial and commercial blockade for over half a century.

Caricom and Cuba established diplomatic relations over 40 years ago based on friendship and collaboration.

The parties hold bilateral summits every three years to review and expand cooperation projects and integration in the fields of education, health, energy and trade, among others.

  • Published in Now
Subscribe to this RSS feed