BRIDGETOWN.— The venue for celebrations and tributes was the opening of the Eighth CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Barbados this Tuesday, and which was attended by a high-level Cuban delegation headed by the First Secretary of the Party’s Central Committee. Communist and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.
Cuba and the Caribbean remember on this day the courageous decision of the leaders of Jamaica (Michael Manley); Trinidad and Tobago (Eric Williams); Guyana (Forbes Burnham), and Barbados (Errol Barrow), which decided to establish diplomatic relations with the Greater Antilles on December 8, 1972, thus ending the isolation under which it had been subjected by the United States and the organization went. of American states.
Fifty years after that event, during the opening session of the meeting the Cuban head of state invited to reflect on the importance of “the achievements made in these years and how much more we can do for the good of our nations”.
I bring you, said Army General Raul Castro Ruz, embracing, “an admirer of the dignity of our Caribbean brothers and a tireless defender of the relationship between our peoples and our governments.”
«This meeting transcends formal ties and testifies to our deep bonds of brotherhood. It also reflects the continuity of the thoughts and actions of our historical leaders, who laid the foundation for strengthening our ties in the principles of solidarity, friendship, selflessness and gratitude.
The President of the Republic talked about that brotherhood and how much Cuba has done over the years to strengthen it. They are clear principles that the Greater Antilles have always defended and that in the post-pandemic world “more solidarity, more understanding, more cooperation and more unity” need to be made even more clear.
The invocation of Fidel is indispensable, whose thoughts and work contributed to bringing us closer to the Caribbean and are an invaluable reference for the region today.
thank you cuba for everything
This VIII CARICOM-Cuba summit also brought a message of gratitude by President Díaz-Canel, because for decades the solidarity and friendship of the Caribbean with the Greater Antilles has been “unwavering”, which over the years has been transformed into a bridge that unites the Latin American and Caribbean people.
The need for this integration, necessary to protect our people in many ways, was emphasized by Dr. Carla Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General; Mia Amor Motley, Prime Minister of Barbados; and Chandrikaprasad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname, a country that assumes the presidency of the Caribbean community until next December. In his own words, he thanked Cuba for all the work done by the people of the Caribbean in health and other areas.
CARICOM is convinced, the Suriname President acknowledged, that cooperation with Cuba will allow us to find solutions to the many problems that threaten us, as has happened in recent years.
In this sense, the call of the Prime Minister of Barbados was intended to make the event «a place to protect the people of the Caribbean, who today more than ever need our cooperation and solidarity. Let’s move forward and let our people see clear benefits from this meeting.”