Canberra, March 23, 2020. - The Cuban Embassy in Canberra held a cordial encounter with a representation of the Australia-Cuba Parliamentary Group, which was officially reactivated in June 2020.
During the exchange, the Cuban ambassador, Ariel Lorenzo Rodríguez, offered the parliamentarians an update on the current state of bilateral relations, which continue to advance in different areas even amidst the pandemic. In addition, he referred to the details of the island’s fighting against COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted the development of Cuban vaccine candidates, as well as international medical collaboration with other countries in the face of the current health emergency.
Similarly, Lorenzo Rodríguez thanked the federal parliamentarians present for their support to the nomination of the International Medical Brigade "Henry Reeve" for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, a request that they formally made in a letter addressed to the Nobel Committee last January. In this context, the Ambassador delivered an official letter of appreciation signed by the Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly, Ana Maria Mari Machado, in which text it is highlighted that: “Never like now is it more necessary to maintain the solidarity and cooperation among all countries to face this harsh pandemic with human and material resources. Our people and government are clearly aware of the importance of continuing to contribute our solidarity collaboration where necessary ”
Federal parliamentarian Warren Entsch, in his capacity as Chair of the Australia-Cuba Parliamentary Group, expressed that the humanitarian work carried out by the Henry Reeve Brigade was fair worthy the nomination, while reiterating the will to continue promoting the ties of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.