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Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh underscored the strong friendship and cooperation links between his country and Cuba and he called for the strengthening of bilateral relations.

Minister Baugh made his statement during the opening of a photo exhibit on relations between Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in which he thanked the neighbouring country for its assistance in the fields of health care and education.

Meanwhile, Cuban ambassador to Jamaica Yuri Gala recalled that some 37 years ago four new independent Caribbean nations—Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad-Tobago—decided to jointly establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, amidst a
hostile environment and strong pressures.

The brave decision, said the ambassador, breached the isolation policy imposed at that time against Cuba through the Organization of American States, PL news agency reported.

The Cuban ambassador announced the upcoming opening in Kingston of an eye hospital that will have an impact in the whole region and the signing of a protocol between the University of Havana and the University of the West Indies.

He also recalled the recent visits to Cuba by Prime Minister Bruce Golding, including his participation at the 3rd Cuba-CARICOM Summit, held December 2008 in eastern Santiago de Cuba city.


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