Wednesday 9th January, 2019-Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade Minister, Hon. E.P Chet Greene, has expressed congratulations to the Government and people of Cuba on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, which he has described as a ‘seminal and world-altering event’.
Minister Greene was speaking Tuesday evening at a reception held at the Cuban Embassy, where he, along with other government officials and invited guests joined with Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Cuba to Antigua and Barbuda Maria Fiffe Cabreja and members of the Cuban Medical brigade in Antigua and Barbuda in celebrating the momentous occasion.
Minister Greene told the invited guests, “Along with the Haitian Revolution, the 1959 Cuban Revolution is a great and potent symbol of “Caribbean Freedom.”The Cuban Revolution represents a unique and powerful form of resistance against imperialism, and the New World Economic Order,” he noted.
He also credits the Cuban Revolution for contributing towards the development of regional integration, and the self-autonomy of the Caribbean people, that, in his view, will benefit generations to come.
The minister used the occasion to acknowledge the contributions of Cuban leaders such as Jose Marti, the nineteenth century Cuban nationalist and the late former President of Cuba and Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
Minister Greene noted that despite the crippling impact of an economic and financial embargo placed on Cuba by the U.S government for several decades, Cuba continues to be a beacon of innovation in the Caribbean in health care and education, two sectors that play a critical role in the viability of a nation.
Additionally, he said, hundreds of Antiguans and Barbudans have studied at Cuban universities on scholarships and have returned home as professionals, while many have benefited immensely from health services administered by Cuban medical personnel here.
According to Greene the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda are incredibly grateful for the substantial contributions that Cuba has made to the twin-island state across many sectors.