Monrovia, January 18, 2018-, "A partner of Liberia and a country with which we have much to learn and share." This is how the Vice Chancellor of the Liberian Foreign Ministry, Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, defined the Cuban nation in its words of recognition and congratulations to Cuba for the 59th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution. The reception, which took place on the night of January 17, 2018, had a heterogeneous audience with representatives of the Liberian government and parliament, the accredited diplomatic and consular corps, the national press, friends and graduates in Cuba.
In his address for the occasion, Mr. Shoniyin acknowledged that although the Embassy reestablished its headquarters in Liberia only two years ago, diplomatic relations has existed since April 19, 1974. He also praised the achievements in such diverse fields reached by the small country, "but that has opted for the development of its human resources". He also reiterated his wish that, "with the new administration in Liberia, the links that unite us at the bilateral and multilateral levels will be consolidated and further developed," mentioning in a special way the United Nations Organization, the G-77, the African Union and the Non-Aligned Movement, where Cuba and Liberia share membership.
For his part, the Chargé d'Affaires of Cuba, Yordenis Despaigne Vera, exemplified with various statistics the progress that, particularly in the areas of health, tourism and international cooperation, has been experienced by Cuba in the year that just ended. He stressed that this progress has been possible thanks to the resilience, willingness, commitment and determination of the Cuban government and people together with the international assistance received, despite the terrible impact of Hurricane Irma, the retreat in bilateral relations between Cuba and the United States with the new measures announced by the Trump administration and strengthening of the blockade policy imposed on the Greater Antilles for more than half a century.
It was an opportunity to thank the Liberian government for the permanent support to the Cuban Resolution against the blockade within the framework of the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS. Similarly, the congratulations sent by Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz to the elected president and vice president, Mr. George Weah and Mrs. Jewel Howard-Taylor, respectively, were reiterated, and wishing long and fruitful life relations between Cuba and Liberia. (CubaMinrex/EmbaCuba Liberia)