New Cuban Ambassador Accredited to the OECS

New Cuban Ambassador Accredited to the OECS

Accreditation of H.E Alejandro Simancas Marin, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the OECS

The accreditation of H.E Alejandro Simancas Marin, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States today took place at OECS Commission.

 

OECS Director General, H.E. Dr. Didacus Jules was presented with the Letters accrediting H.E Marin reaffirming the mutual commitment to the enduring and deep relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

Distinguished guests included the Ambassadors of Venezuela, Morocco, France and Mexico, Commission staff and regional representatives from partner organizations.

H.E. Dr. Jules said the OECS looked forward to Ambassador Marin building on the contributions of his predecessor Ambassador H.E Jorge Soberon, who contributed immensely during his tenure to the deepening of relations between Cuba and the OECS.

“We extend a warm and fraternal welcome to Ambassador Marin” said Dr. Jules.

“Cuba and the Caribbean and the OECS have a long and deep tradition of friendship characterized by constancy on both sides.

"Because of the punitive measures placed on Cuba we place an even higher premium on the bonds with Cuba in the arenas of human resource development, health sport and culture noting the tens of thousands of Caribbean people impacted by University scholarships and professional training" said Dr. Jules.

Dr. Jules added the restoration of sight through Operation Miracle and the medical attention many Caribbean nationals have received - that would otherwise be unaffordable - are some of the high points of the enduring relationship.

“The measure of anyone's generosity lies not in the quantum of what is given but in the cost of what is given and we acknowledge and uphold Cuba’s enduring commitment to the region.

Dr. Jules concluded by welcoming Ambassador Marin with the embrace of family to the OECS and reaffirmed the OECS’ non-negotiable solidarity with the government and people of Cuba.

Ambassador Marin said he extended on behalf of his Government, greetings and a reaffirmation to continue the willingness to work on the strengthening of the relationship with the Organisation and its Member States.

“The OECS is a grouping of countries in which Cuba has a shared geographical, historical, human and cultural setting that embraces us all.

Ambassador Marin noted the vision of Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti who since the 1900s identified Latin America and the Caribbean as ‘our America’ and the inclusion of the Antilles as the balance and stability of the region.

The Ambassador said the principles of friendship solidarity and cooperation which have guided the relationship with the Caribbean, were built on the solid pillars established by leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, and which represented the ties we share today.

“Our contribution has represented for us a high sense of solidarity from our humble capabilities to the economic and social development of many countries in the Eastern Caribbean” said Ambassador Marin.

His Excellency noted a number of important agreements recently signed between the OECS and Cuba in the sectors of higher education, bio- technological and pharmaceutical industries, public health care, cultural and bi-lateral trade and new areas to be explored including disaster preparedness, transport and tourism.

Ambassador Marin concluded that Cuba is deeply grateful to the OECS for its unwavering position of respect and solidarity and for its long-standing support for the demand to lift the commercial, economic and financial blockade against Cuba.

“The OECS can always count on the respect friendship solidarity, gratitude and the support of Cuba” said Ambassador Marin.

 

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El nuevo embajador de Cuba acreditado ante la OECS

El reconocimiento deL Sr. Alejandro Simancas Marín como embajador de la República de Cuba ante la Organización de Estados del Caribe Oriental tuvo lugar en el día de hoy en la Comisión de la OECO.

EL director general, el Sr. Didacus Jules, fue presentado con las cartas credenciales por el Sr. Marín, reafirmando así el compromiso mutuo en las relaciones amplias y duraderas entre la República de Cuba y la Organización de Estados del Caribe Oriental.

Entre los distinguidos invitados estaban presentes los embajadores de Venezuela, Marruecos, Francia y México, los empleados de la Comisión y los representantes regionales de organizaciones asociadas.

El Sr. Jules dijo que la OECO espera gratamente que el embajador Marín continúe con las aportaciones de su predecesor el embajador Sr. Jorge Soberón, quien contribuyó en gran medida a lo largo de su carrera en afianzar las relaciones entre Cuba y la OECO.

“Damos una cordial y fraternal bienvenida al embajador Marín” dijo el Dr. Jules.

“Cuba y el Caribe y la OECO tienen una tradición de amistad larga y profunda caracterizada por la constancia de ambas partes.

“Dadas las medidas sancionadoras impuestas a Cuba ponemos a disposición unos vínculos con Cuba en materia de Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos, y el apoyo en áreas de salud y cultura al observar las decenas de miles de caribeños que se han beneficiado de las becas y formación laboral por parte la Universidad” dijo Dr. Jules.

El Dr. Jules añadió, como puntos principales de las relaciones sólidas, la restauración de la vista a través de la “Operación Milagro” y la atención médica que han recibido muchos ciudadanos del Caribe y que, de otra manera, hubiera sido inasequible.

“La generosidad no se mide en la cantidad de lo que se da, sino en su valor, y agradecemos y respaldamos el compromiso duradero de Cuba con la región.

El Dr. Jules concluyó dando la bienvenida del embajador Marín con la acogida de la familia por parte de la OECO, y reafirmando la solidaridad no negociable de la OECO con los cubanos y su gobierno.

El embajador Marín mandó, por parte de su Gobierno, los saludos y la reafirmación de continuar la predisposición a trabajar en estrechar las relaciones con la OECO.

“La OECO es un agrupamiento de países en el cual Cuba comparte el mismo marco georgráfico, histórico, humano y cultural que nos abarca a todos.

El embajador Marín destacó la visión del héroe nacional de Cuba José Martí, quien desde el siglo XIX identificó a América Latina y al Caribe como “Nuestra América”, y la inclusión de las Antillas como equilibrio y estabilidad de la región.

El embajador señaló que los principios de la amistad solidaria y cooperativa que han guiado las relaciones con el caribe se construyeron en unos pilares sólidos establecidos por el líder de la Revolución Fidel Castro, y son los que representan los lazos que compartimos hoy.

“Nuestra contribución ha representado para nosotros un gran sentido de la solidaridad desde nuestras humildes capacidades al desarrollo económico y social de muchos países en el Caribe Oriental” dijo el embajador Marín.

Su excelencia destacó numerosos acuerdos importantes firmados recientemente entre la OECO y Cuba en los sectores de estudios superiores, las industrias biotecnológicas y famarceúticas, la salud pública, los comercios bilaterales y culturales, y nuevas áreas que se van a explorar incluyendo la prevención de desastres, el transporte y el turismo.

El Embajador Marín concluyó que Cuba está enormemente agradecida a la OECO por su inquebrantable y firme posición de respeto y solidaridad, y por su apoyo duradero a la petición de levantar el bloqueo comercial, econnómico y financiero impuesto a Cuba.

“La OECO siempre puede contar con la solidaridad amistosa y respetuosa, la gratitud y el apoyo de Cuba” dijo el embajador Marín.

 This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.4:Support alignment of foreign policy of Member States with the development needs of the OECS.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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