Cuba Highlights the Role of Science in International Relations

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Vienna, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Science should be given an increasingly important role in the formulation of international policies, said Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) of Cuba.

In her speech at the Symposium on Science and Diplomacy, organized by the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in this capital, she said that it should also serve as a catalyst for world peace and development.

That is a concept closely linked to the relations of peace between the states, whose main attribute is to make use of science and apply it ‘to promote, improve and strengthen the links between societies, not to destroy the world and the human species’, she remarked.

The official also affirmed that scientific diplomacy is a way to encourage cooperation in science, technology and innovation based on the development of countries, which is of special importance for developing states.

For Cuba, she emphasized, the only country that has faced an ironclad economic, commercial and financial blockade for more than 55 years, scientific diplomacy has helped to counteract the intentions of isolating it and preventing its development.

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