Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, signed the instrument of accession of Cuba to the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), during a ceremony within the framework of the 37th Summit of the Association of Nations of the Southeast Asia, made virtually.
The event was attended by the foreign ministers of the ten member countries of that regional organization and the Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh, representing the country that presides over ASEAN in 2020.
In his speech, Cuban Foreign Minister highlighted the interest in expanding cooperation with ASEAN.
He thanked the support of that organization and its member states for the Cuban resolution at the United Nations "The need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."
Rodríguez Parrilla affirmed that it is a deep satisfaction for Cuba to join the TAC, whose principles and purposes we fully approved.
He recognized the work of Vietnam as the country that presides over ASEAN in 2020 and its active role in coordinating a regional response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also sent condolences and solidarity to the governments and peoples of Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, for the regrettable loss of human life and material damage caused by recent weather events; which shows the need to continue the exchange of experiences regarding the response to natural disasters.
Cuba became the first signatory country in the Caribbean and the fifth in Latin America.