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December 10, 2012
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Ja stands with Cuba to promote Caribbean integration

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A. J. Nicholson, says Jamaica will continue to stand in solidarity with Cuba, in its effort to promote regional integration in the Caribbean.

The minister was speaking at an official ceremony on December 6, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, to mark CARICOM-Cuba Day 2012 and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Cuba.

The function was one of several activities to commemorate CARICOM-Cuba Day, to be observed on December 8, under the theme: Celebrating 40 years of Friendship, Diplomacy and Solidarity.

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"We truly believe that Cuba is an integral partner and should therefore be fully involved in hemispheric affairs. Cuba has indeed been a true friend to Jamaica and undoubtedly will remain so," Senator Nicholson said.

The minister said Cuba's relationship with CARICOM has been enhanced over the years through deeper cooperation with the implementation of mutually beneficial economic and technical programmes.

"We continue to pursue our common interest within the context of our own spirit of friendship and co-operation over many years and through people to people exchanges and high level visits between both countries," the Minister said.

For his part, ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Jamaica, His Excellency Yuri Gala Lopez, expressed appreciation for the decision made on December 8, 1972, by the first four CARICOM members - Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago - to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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