Jan 6, 2012, 2:42 PM
- The strengthening and renewal of the solidarity relations between Cuba and
the Gambia were ratified at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples
(ICAP) in a tribute to that African country for the 55th anniversary of its
independence, on February 18, 1965.
Ángel Arzuaga Reyes, deputy chief of the Department of International Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, deputy minister of Foreign Relations, attended the celebration in which Noemí Rabaza Fernández, first vice president of ICAP and Gambian ambassador Kujejatou Manneh
Rabaza Fernández congratulated himself because the results of the Cuba-Gambia cooperation are deepening and in the field of health are increasing, both in medical care - with tens of thousands of consultations only in the past year - and in the formation of personal.
Africa and Cuba have the same heart that beats with solidarity and fraternal friendship, he added, evoking the ties with Africa of the historical leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, and the disinterested support of Cubans to the brother peoples of that continent, he said.
He described the work of the Solidarity Movement with Cuba in the Gambia as very important, especially in support of the battle for the elimination of the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, he remarked.
For her part, Ambassador Kujejatou Manneh said that since the establishment of relations between the two nations 41 years ago, they have grown and strengthened in different areas, and thanked the contribution of the Cuban health brigades and the training of Gambian doctors throughout of the years.
The Gambia will continue its condemnation of the US economic blockade against Cuba, he said, emphasizing that in their recent ordinary assembly the heads of state and government of the African Union demonstrated against this coercive measure recognizing it as the main obstacle for Cuba to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Víctor Dreke, president of the Cuba-Africa Friendship Association and representatives of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples participated in the event; of the diplomatic corps and Cuban internationalist fighters, African students and members of the community.