WFP executive director welcomes Cuban ambassador

Rome, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) The executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beasly, received the Cuban ambassador and Permanent representative at the United Nations agency, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, the Cuban Embassy informed on Wednesday.

During the meeting, held on Tuesday, Beasly expressed satisfaction with the inclusion, for approval, of the Country Strategic Program (CSP) for Cuba in the agenda of the next meeting of the WFP Executive Board, scheduled from June 21 to 24, according to a press release.

The CSP for Cuba will be the most important programmatic document of the WFP’s operational activities in that country, where its benefits are estimated to reach more than 1.5 million people directly, the statement said.

The ambassador acknowledged the WFP and its work, ‘both in terms of food assistance in emergency situations and its work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.’

He pointed out that the WFP’s programs in Cuba are in line with the country’s socioeconomic development goals until 2030 and the efforts to ensure food and nutrition for the population, considered top priorities by the Cuban Government.

Rodriguez produced statistics and examples that prove the damages caused by the US blockade, especially to food security, in addition to the effects on his country’s relations with the rest of the world due to the blockade’s marked extraterritorial character.


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