Dr. Jerome Walcott, Barbadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, chaired the government delegation that attended the reception organized by the Embassy of Cuba to farewell the head of mission, Francisco Fernandez, and the consul Ana Labaut de Dios, at the end their four years of a fruitful tour of duty in this friendly country. The Ministers of the Interior, Health, Youth and Community Affairs, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Vice Ministers and Directors of State agencies accompanied the Chancellor. Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps as well as representatives of the UN and CARICOM agencies resident in Bridgetown, were together with personalities from academia, business and representatives of the various social organizations that make up the active movement of solidarity with Cuba.
As a keynote speaker, the Foreign Affairs Minister highlighted the work of both Cuban diplomats for their constant dedication to improving bilateral relations, which have seen sustained development in various fields such as education, health, sports, culture, and new spaces in energy, agriculture, tourism, natural disasters, science and technology. In addition to historically contextualizing the positions of mutual support between the governments of both nations, the Minister stressed that the current projections have been recently reaffirmed by the President of Cuba and the Prime Minister of Barbados in the bilateral meeting that both leaders held on July 25 in New York, during their attendance at the 73rd Period of Sessions of the UN General Assembly.
Dr. Aloys Kamuragiye, speaking as the UN Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, underscored the framework open to cooperation with the Cuban Ambassador, whom he considered a very close interlocutor with the various agencies such as UNDP, FAO, PAHO, UNICEF with a view to identifying beneficial triangulation modalities, not only for the host country but also for the subregion. In this regard, he thanked him for his collaboration in the exchange of information and the permanent willingness of the Cuban counterpart to get involved in several projects for the subregion, particularly in the face of the challenges of climate change and natural disasters, areas in which Cuba has been an example of partnership for sustainable development.
The Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong, who also spoke as a delegate of panafricanist organizations in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, commended the close ties with the Embassy, which he described as a brotherhood, on behalf of the Clement Payne Movement, the Israel Lovel Foundation, the Coalition of Pan-Africanist Organizations, the Barbados-Cuba Friendship Association, pointing out that in these four years important moments were shared, such as the liberation of the Five Heroes, the emotional passing to the immortality of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, the international colloquiums on his legacy, the constitution of the Caribbean Chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity, the First Caribbean Conference for Peace, in whose context the 40th anniversary of the Crime of Barbados was commemorated, among many other activities in which solidarity was highlighted between our Caribbean nations and the altruism of the Revolution was present by recognizing in different ways, even with diplomas and with the Friendship Medal, the most outstanding exponents of the Barbadian social movement.
In his closing remarks, the Ambassador extended his profound and sincere thanks to the Government, the UN agencies and the solidarity organizations of Barbados, for their expressions of friendship, which of course are received humbly on behalf of the Cuban people and government, who are the true architects of the immense internationalist work of our Socialist Revolution. He said that the occasion was not conducive to delivering a speech because, among other things, there is still much to be done, referring only to the essential ideas that move the humanist, solidarity and integrationist essence of the revolutionary Cuba, based on the philosophy of Martí and Fidel. Instead, he said he preferred to say goodbye to Barbados in an environment of cultural exchange, and as part of the celebration of Cuban Culture Day, he wanted to introduce the artistic delegation that is culminating two weeks of presentations on the island, sharing stage with an orchestra of music students from Barbados Community College, self-styled Cuba Ensemble, specialized in playing and singing in Spanish the diversity of Cuban rhythms. (Cubaminrex - Embacuba Barbados)