Cuba, Barbados Celebrate 58th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution by Working to Strengthen the Region’s Agendas

Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados, Francisco Fernández Peña greets Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean. (A. Miller/BGIS)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The most fitting testament of solidarity between Cuba and the Caribbean would be their active collaboration to strengthen the region’s domestic, regional and global agendas, Senator Maxine McClean, Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said at a cocktail reception on Tuesday marking the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

McClean explained that, while the official date of January 1 had passed, the global impact of the Cuban Revolution and its contribution to modern history for the nation of Cuba and the region must be celebrated.

“Today, Cuba stands poised to fully capitalize on its significant advances in health care, science and technology, its world-class cultural exponents and resilient people,” she stated.

The foreign affairs minister said that the people of Cuba could proudly celebrate its 58 years of revolution, “confident that the country’s reputation for global leadership and international solidarity will long be remembered and appreciated.”

McClean added that Barbados joined with Cubans and the rest of the world in mourning the passing of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, on November 25.

“Any commemoration of the 58 years of celebration is also one that recognizes the vision, the tenacity and the courage of Fidel Castro. His focus was not only on Cuba but covered, of course, the entire developing world,” she remarked.

Barbados and Cuba established diplomatic relations in 1972.

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