ECOWAS Commissioners receive Cuban Ambassador

Nigeria, September 4, 2021.- The Cuban Ambassador to the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), held single meetings with the Commissioners of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Sekou Sangare; Education, Science and Culture of the Economic Commission for West African States, Dr. Mamadou Jao; and Political Affairs, Peace and Security), General Francis Behanzin.

With Commissioner Sangare, the meeting discussed the links between Cuba and the members of the Community, including the training of African cadres in the field of agriculture at Cuban universities and technological institutions. The Director of Agriculture, Alayn Sy Traore, from ECOWAS, among other senior officials, participated.

The meeting with Commissioner Dr. Mamadou Jao served as a framework to remember the long-lasting relationship between the Caribbean island and West African countries in the three areas of education, science and culture, including the important African cultural heritage in the island. A special issue was the remembrance of the deep ties between Cuba and Guinea Bissau, the Commissioner's country of origin, and the work carried out there by Cuban doctors – teachers from the Vilma Espín Faculty of Medicine to train future Guinean doctors.

Finally, General Francis Behanzin received Ambassador Clara Pulido, introducing himself as a West African citizen, born in Benin. The two senior officials reviewed the ties between the Caribbean island and West African countries, classified as historical, deep, with broad cultural roots and mutual cooperation. At the meeting were, among other personalities, the Director of Political Affairs, Remi Ajibewa, and the Chief of the Peace Support Division, Major Colonel Alain Pale.

In all cases, the mutual desire to continue strengthening ties with the countries that make up the ECOWAS space was reiterated, as well as at the institutional level.

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