From the diaspora: Long live Africa!

Addis Ababa, May 25, 2021. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, sent a congratulatory message to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU), H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on the occasion of Africa Day, which was delivered at the headquarters of that organization.

The importance of the African continent to the world, in a year marked by the theme of the African Union 2021, focused on the arts, culture and heritage, are sufficient reasons for Cuba to celebrate this date with pride, as a member of the diaspora, which constitutes the Sixth Region of Africa.

Cuba maintained close relations with the former Organization for African Unity, during the period of the struggles against colonialism, racism and apartheid, which acquired a new dimension since the inception of the current AU in 2002.

The 55 AU Member States maintain active diplomatic relations with Cuba, 28 of which 28 are represented in Havana at the Embassy level. The number of African diplomatic missions in Cuba experienced a noticeable increase in the last decade.

Expressions of mutual affection characterized the exchanges between Cuba and Africa in these 58 years of African unity, where Cuba's extended multifaceted cooperation has supported efforts to provide health, education, culture, construction, water, science, technology services. among other sectors to various nations.

On this day, a well-deserved tribute is paid to the African slaves and their descendants who struggled for the independence and development of Cuba; to the thousands of Cuban internationalists who fought and offered their lives on the mother continent, as well as to all the Africans who defended their land with honor.

Cuba ratifies its commitment - to the extent of its now limited capacities resulting from the US blockade, which Africans have denounced in multilateral fora-, to support the efforts of that brotherly continent for its development.

Cubans and Africans will always be faithful to the essence of the proverb that came from those lands: "The footprints of those who walked together are never erased."

Happy Africa Day 2021!

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