Cuba and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Strengthen Bonds of Friendship

2010.02.05 - 16:36:10 /

HAVANA, Cuba. - Cuba and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic reaffirmed their willingness to strengthen the existing bilateral bonds of friendship during a ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the official establishment of diplomatic relations.


Marcos Rodríguez, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, referred to the Cuban and Sahrawi historic struggle for emancipation and he pointed out that the fraternal ties between both countries have strengthened during their common fight against imperialism.


Rodríguez also ratified Cuba’s solidarity with the Sahrawi people’s cause in defense of their sovereignty, which he described as a duty for Cuban revolutionaries.


Melainine Etkana, Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Havana, thanked Cuba for its unconditional support not only in the political field but also in the education and health sectors.


“Examples of this support are the medical team that for over 30 years have saved lives in our country, and the 2,000 Sahrawi health specialists, engineers, teachers and technicians that have graduated in Cuba,” emphasized Etkana.


The ambassador also expressed their commitment to the struggle for the release of five Cuban antiterrorists that remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States and against the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.


He also condemned the arbitrary inclusion of Cuba on a US Government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.


Also present in the ceremony, held at the Friendship House in Havana, were Kenia Serrano, President of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP), and Oscar Martínez, an official with the Foreign Relations Department at the Central Committee of Cuba’s Communist Party, among other guests.


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