The ZANU-PF attended a virtual meeting organized by the CC-CCP with the Front Line parties. On the Cuban side, the event was chaired by Yoel Queipo Ruíz, member of the Secretariat and Head of the Economic Department. Zimbabwe was represented by ZANU-PF Political Bureau member and External Relations Secretary Simbarashe Mumbengegwi. Once again, the historical links between the CCP and the political parties of these nations became evident.
At the headquarters of the National Assembly of Zimbabwe, the Ambassador of Cuba, Carmelina Ramirez, was received by the Chairperson of the International Relations and Foreign Trade Committee, Honourable Webster K. Shamu, in the company of other parliamentarians, Honourable Joshua Sacco, head of the Foreign Trade Committee and Honourable Lindiwe Maphosa, Committee on Education, Science and Technological Development.
The Zimbabwean legislator evaluated positively the state of relations between the parliaments of Cuba and Zimbabwe. There is a historical relationship between both countries that is manifested in the number of professionals graduated in Cuba and the medical collaboration. It is important to continue cultivating, strengthening those relationships. We have had to pay a high price to protect their sovereignty and independence. Webster K. Shamu, expressed that the US blockade against Cuba is unjust, and causes a lot of damage to the Cuban people. But Cuba and the Cubans have set an example of resistance and dignity. It is incredible how such a small island has managed to defy and survive economic sanctions, develop and at the same time provide solidarity to other peoples.
The member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of Foreign Relations of ZANU PF, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi received in this capital the Cuban ambassador in Zimbabwe, Carmelina Ramírez. The Zimbabwean party leader expressed his country's gratitude for the help and solidarity that Cuba has always given them.
He sent his congratulations on the results of the 8th Congress of the PCC and to the new leadership of the PCC. I consider the way in which the transfer of power to the new generation has been carried out exemplary. Cuba is an example of resistance, of the struggle to maintain its independence and sovereignty under economic and political harassment from its neighbor to the north. That is why Zimbabwe will always support Cuba for the lifting of the unjust US Blockade, he said.
The Cuban ambassador to Zimbabwe, Carmelina Ramírez Rodríguez, in an interview with the local newspaper "The Sunday Mail" commented that both countries are working towards the establishment of a state-of-the-art plant to produce medicines in the southern country. The diplomat reported on Cuba's development in the production of vaccines to combat Covid-19, as despite the US blockade, Cuba, a small Caribbean island, has achieved this scientific advance in the biotechnology sector.