Kingston, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra concludes his official visit to Jamaica today, where he met with senior government officials to reaffirm the solidarity and support between both nations.
During his stay here, Sierra held meetings at the Jamaican Parliament headquarters with the presidents of the House and the Senate, Pearnel Charles and Thomas Tavares Finson, respectively.
In this meeting held yesterday, both parliamentary leaders reaffirmed their solidarity and that of the people and government of Jamaica with Cuba, in particular, in the battle to end the blockade imposed by the United States on the island more than 50 years ago.
They also advocated maintaining efforts for the continued strengthening of interparliamentary relations.
On this particular topic, Tavares Finson recalled the meeting with the President of the Cuban Assembly, Esteban Lazo, during his trip to Havana to participate in the inauguration of the equestrian statue of the National Hero of Cuba, Jose Marti, in January of this year.
Both Charles and Tavares Finson took the opportunity to congratulate Lazo for his re-election as leader of that legislative body.
For his part, Sierra highlighted the importance of the motions in rejection of the blockade, approved by the Jamaican parliament for nine consecutive years.
The diplomat also reiterated the will of his country to continue strengthening ties with the people, the parliament and the government of Jamaica, which together with Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados, were pioneering nations in breaking Cuba’s isolation in the Caribbean, in 1972.
Sierra, who was accompanied by the director of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Jorge Mayo, concluded here a journey that also took him to Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Barbados, and Guyana.
The tour also served to strengthen existing ties of cooperation, friendship and brotherhood, in some cases, for more than 40 years.