The 25th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Cuba and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was celebrated with a joyful and crowded culture activity in the Cuban Embassy.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Speaker of the House of Assembly Jomo Sanga Thomas, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Louis Straker, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Cecil McKie, Minister of National Mobilization, Frederick Stephenson, and the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Ecclesiastical Affairs and National Reconciliation Deborah Charles, among other personalities, honored the important commemoration with their presence.

In her opening remarks, Ambassador Vilma Reyes Valdespino, said, that the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cuba and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, invariably refers us to Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, his vision of the need for Latin American and Caribbean unity and integration, their untiring search for solutions to the problems of the small and dignified nations of the Caribbean, their enthusiasm and commitment to the projects undertaken.

The diplomat said that the bilateral achievements of these 25 years and the excellent state of our bilateral relations are a true tribute to the legacy and memory of Fidel.

In speaking, the Vincentian Prime Minister referred to the links between the Cuban and Vincentian peoples that he pointed out, preceded the formalization of diplomatic ties in 1992.

The Prime Minister pondered the importance of the collaboration received from Cuba over all these years in key areas of development in the country. He remembered Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro and President Hugo Chavez, initiators of important projects such as the Argyle International Airport, the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The head of the Vincentian government validated the opportunity to reiterate the clear and determined position of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in support of Venezuela, at a time when the Bolivarian Revolution is besieged by imperialism and the regional right.

The Cuban diplomatic headquarters resulted to be small space to welcome the more than one hundred people who gathered in the activity, brilliantly animated by the musical group "Calle Cuba”, that traveled to the Vincentian capital to make two special presentations on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of  Diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Among those present were members of the SVG / Cuba Friendship Association, Cuban collaborators, members of the Cuban community, residing in SVG, Vincentians graduated in Cuba, representatives of local media, intellectuals and Vincentian artists. 

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