In the early hours of today, Thursday, April 30, 2020, an unknown individual shot with a firearm at the building of the Cuban Embassy in the United States. There was no damage to the mission's personnel, who are safe and protected, but there was material damage to the building resulting from the impact of the shooting.
The Cuban government awaits the corresponding investigation by the US authorities on the identity and motivations of the author of this aggression, as well as on the circumstances surrounding the act. The State Department is aware of what happened.
At times when the worldwide combat against the Covid19 pandemic requires boosting cooperation and the leading role of international organizations, particularly the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the current US administration attacks multilateralism and seeks to disqualify the established leadership of WHO. It also insists in its petty strategy of taking advantage of the circumstances to impose its dominance and attack countries whose governments it has discrepancies with.
The United States officials are knowingly committing a crime, when in the midst of a pandemic they attack Cuba’s international cooperation, seeking to deprive millions of people from their universal human right to healthcare services.
Last March 13, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland requested from the Cuban authorities that MS Braemar, be authorized to dock in a Cuban port and that its passengers, a small number of which have been affected by the novel coronavirus, be cleared for repatriation by air. In view of the urgency posed by this situation and the risks for the lives of these affected individuals, the Cuban government has decided to allow this vessel to dock. Its existing sanitary measures will be implemented, so that everyone on board is received in compliance with the protocols set by both the World Health Organization and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.
An unloader crane began to be operated on March 12 at the José Antonio Echeverría Cereal Base Business Unit, located on Avenida del Puerto, in the Cuban capital. The machinery constituted a donation from the United Arab Emirates and the World Food Program (WFP), and its implementation occurred during an event attended by Cuban, foreign executives and Bader Almatrooshi, ambassador of that country in the Middle East.
On February 24, 2020, the Cuban Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Roberto Blanco, was received by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Chief Commander of the Armed Forces.
The cordial meeting took place at Sea Palace Barza and was an opportunity to reiterate the willingness of both parties to continue strengthening bilateral ties.