LIBERIA, October 10, 2018-, Within the framework of the International Campaign of Solidarity with Cuba “#UnBlockCuba” and coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Beginning of the Struggles of Independence in the Greater Antilles, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Liberia, Honorable Varney A. Sirleaf received his conference room the Chargé d’Affaires of Cuba, Yordenis Despaigne Vera. During this courtesy visit, officials of the Ministry were present and, on the Cuban side, the Second Secretary Carmen Maury Toledo.
The Cuban diplomat conveyed to the Minister a congratulatory message on behalf of the Cuban government for his appointment to the Internal Affairs portfolio, while wish him success in his performance. He later thanked the sustained support that Liberia has given to Cuba in diverse multilateral forums, in the ongoing battle of the Caribbean island for the definitive lifting of the blockade. In this regard, he updated the headline on the impact that the blockade has on the Cuban economy, as well as the obstacles in terms of cooperation due to its marked extraterritorial nature.
After listening to the exhibits and receiving a copy of the report that Cuba will present on October 31st at the United Nations General Assembly denouncing the blockade, Mr. Sirleaf praised “the resilience and strength of the Cuban people against the US blockade, whose experience we must learn to transform our reality”
Prior to the farewell, the Cuban representative expressed the Cuban government’s willingness to contribute, from its modest resources, to the effort of Liberia in the process of rebuilding the nation, after more than 10 years of war and the scourge of the epidemic Ebola between 2014 and 2015. He highlighted the brotherhood that unites Cuba and Africa because “a day like today but 150 years ago, African slaves and their descendants born in Cuba made common cause to realize the dreams of a free and sovereign homeland.” (Cubaminrex EmbacCuba Liberia)