Georgetown, May 31, 2016. The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, accepted on Tuesday, the credentials of Ambassador Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro as Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Cuba to CARICOM.
Secretary General LaRocque recalled that four CARICOM countries, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, decided to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba on December 8, 1972, which helped to end the diplomatic isolation of the country, and reiterated the Community's support against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean archipelago.
The Secretary-General also expressed his condolences on behalf of the Community on the recent plane crash, which claimed more than 100 lives.
The Cuban Ambassador thanked the Secretary-General for his expressions of condolences on the loss of life in the fatal plane crash in Havana on 18 May. He also expressed the gratitude of the Government and the Cuban people for the sustained support of the Caribbean Community in the fight against the criminal blockade of Cuba by the United States.
Both officials reiterated their willingness to continue working for the strengthening and expansion of relations, in particular, for compliance with the agreements and decisions adopted at the VI CARICOM-Cuba Summit, held on 8 December in Antigua and Barbuda.