Cuban Ambassador speaks on importance of African Day

On 25th May 1963, the 32 leaders of African States met in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia) to form the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), today the African Union. On 25th May this year it is the 55th anniversary.

The Ambassador from the Republic of Cuba in Equatorial Guinea, RaA�l Isasi Herrera, in conversation, on 17th May, with reporters from www.guineaecuatorial in his office at the diplomatic headquarters in Malabo, highlighted the importance of celebrating Africa Day.

We have travelled a long unique path in the contemporary era, for almost six decades, in the search for peace with progress, unity and solidarity, in bilateral and multinational areas. The links between Cuba and Africa are an expression of sincere friendship and mutual respect, which in itself is an example of international relations, based on the recognition of the inalienable right to independence, sovereignty, free determination and territorial integrity” said the Ambassador.

In addition, Isasi Herrera declared that diplomatic relations between Cuba and Equatorial Guinea have just marked the 45th Anniversary of this fruitful link, corresponding to our sovereign interests, which will forever be illuminated by the tribute dedicated by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to Fidel Castro, to mark his death; a momentous event due to his undeniable contribution to humanity and solidarity.

This year, the celebration of Africa Day has a special significance, because it involves the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, and the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation if Independence by Equatorial Guinea. It is impossible to ignore the fact that relations between Cuba and Africa are defined by support for the Cuban Revolution by struggles for national liberation and independence on the continent; the conflict put an end to the shame of apartheid, the boost to bilateral cooperation in various sectors, the backing of South-South cooperation, and an improvement in understanding and justice in North-South relations, which allowed progress along the path of growth and integral development of our countries”, he added.

The Ambassador went on the recall that the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, in al possible areas, defended the just African cause, and the importance of solidarity with the continent, in the same way that African governments and peoples supported Cuba, in the fight against the inhuman blockade by the United States.

Today we are facing other challenges in the international arena, in favour of world peace, nuclear disarmament, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, reforms to the United Nations, and the process of mitigation of the negative effects suffered as a result of climate change, through the Paris Agreement”, he concluded.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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