T&T, Cuba commit to strengthening friendship

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, where they discussed ways of enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries.

The meet took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Wednesday.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said that both parties committed to continuing to strengthen the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

"We ratify the common will to continue strengthening the relations of brotherhood and the economic-commercial ties and cooperation among our nations," the Cuban foreign minister wrote in his Twitter account. 

He said the meeting demonstrated a clear will to strengthen relations in various areas such as health and agreed on various issues on the international agenda. 

Prime Minister Rowley expressed his appreciation for the cooperation provided by Cuba in various areas. 

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago established diplomatic relations on December 8, 1972 and since then both countries maintain ties of brotherhood and agreements in various sectors such as commerce, health and transportation.

In 1974, a bilateral air transport agreement was signed that allowed the development of a transportation program for passengers, cargo and mail to both countries. 

In January 2018, Caribbean Airlines made its inaugural flight on the route that links Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, a destination that favors the consolidation of relations between the Caribbean countries and greater regional integration. 

Trinidad and Tobago is the first stop on Parrilla’s regional tour which will include visits to St Lucia, Guyana and Barbados. 

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dennis Moses was also present at the meeting. 

The Cuban delegation included Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, General Director of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tania Diego Olite, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Earlier this year President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez extended an invitation to Prime Minister Rowley for an official visit to Cuba.

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