17th MEETING OF THE ALBA-TCP POLITICAL COUNCIL
Managua, November 8, 2018
Towards the 15th anniversary of the Alliance Foundation
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Heads of Delegations of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Treaty of Trade of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), meeting in Managua, on the occasion of its XVII Political Council:
In the activity to celebrate the Day of Cuban Culture, Arianna Taylor Israel, the President of the Association of Cubans living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines "Juan Almeida Bosque", read a Declaration issued by that organization in which it demanded the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba and the return of the territory, illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base.
During the celebration in the Embassy of Cuba, the day of the National Culture and the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the wars of independence, Renwick Rose, President of the Friendship Association Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-Cuba, read a Declaration, issued by that organization, a few days before, on the occasion of the anniversary and pondered the historical coincidence that, at this time, the Vincentian people are preparing to celebrate a new anniversary of its existence as an independent State.
With a patriotic and colorful political-cultural activity at the headquarters of the Cuban Embassy in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the day of Cuban national culture was celebrated and the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the wars of independence was commemorated.
In her speech, Cuban Ambassador Vilma Reyes Valdespino, referred to the historical context, in which this ephemerid, so special for the nation, takes its origin and stressed that culture, rebellion and independence are the basis of Cuban identity.
The young generation of Cubans living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was present at the Embassy of Cuba to participate in the celebration of culture day, with their own contribution of talent and patriotism.
With their virtuoso performances of the Bayamo Hymn and other Cuban melodies on Steel Pan, the children Mathew Ernesto Ralph Israel and Michel Enrique Israel, made a substantive contribution to the celebration of Cuban National Culture Day.