Belize thanks Cuban cooperation to face Covid-19

Belmopan, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, expressed his gratitude on behalf of his government and people to Cuba for the medical cooperation to confront the Covid-19 pandemic that is hitting the world today.

During the annual meeting with the diplomatic corps accredited before this nation, Elrignton ratified that Belize will always support Cuba’s initiatives and will continue to strengthen the solidarity that exists between the two countries.

‘I would like to especially thank for the tremendous work that Medical Brigade have been doing in Belize as well as the Henry Reeve Brigade,’ said the Minister of Foreign Relations to the Ambassador of Havana in Belmopan, Lissette Pérez. 

The foreign minister’s statement came after the diplomat congratulated the Belizean people and government on the 39th anniversary of their independence.

In this context, the Foreign Minister assured that his country was very fortunate to be able to go to Cuba immediately after the scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic began, to request medical assistance.

‘As has always happened, Cuba quickly agreed to our request and that has allowed us to face and handle this pandemic in the way we have been doing (…),’ the minister recalled.

Currently in Belize, almost 150 Cuban health cooperators work between the Medical Brigade that celebrates 30 years of uninterrupted presence and members of the ‘Henry Reeve Contingent’ that traveled last March to join the program to combat the new coronavirus Sars-Cov-2.

‘We will always be extremely grateful for this help and of course for the rest of the cooperation we have received, for example the education of our students, doctors’, reiterated the Foreign Minister.

Elrington also recalled that more than 500 young Belizeans have been trained in Cuban universities as part of the program for the training of professionals from the Caribbean countries.

Belize, as part of the Caribbean Community, maintains a systematic position against the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, a policy that dates back almost 60 years and that seeks to directly affect the Cuban people in order to destroy the 1959 Revolution.

Both countries reestablished their diplomatic relations 25 years ago, and today they are marching on paths of cooperation in various fields, particularly health, sports, culture and the training of human resources, the Cuban embassy told Prensa Latina.

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