Jamaica sends condolences to Cuba

Saturday, February 02, 2019

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday.

“The Government and people of Jamaica express our deepest condolences to those who are mourning and wish a speedy recovery to the many who were in this tornado,” she said.

In a speech read by the President of the Senate Tom Tavares-Finson, Minister Johnson Smith said the tragic loss of lives, injuries and damage to the infrastructure throughout Cuba are a reminder of the vulnerability of small island states.

“It is a stark reminder of the vulnerability that we share as small island developing sates and demonstrates the importance of the assistance granted by Cuba to countries like Jamaica in this area,” the minister said, noting that Cuba has provided invaluable support to the region in the area of disaster risk reduction and management.

The minister's message was read at a reception Thursday at the Spanish Court Hotel, in Kingston, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution (National Day).

Senator Johnson Smith highlighted the friendship between Jamaica and Cuba since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972.

“Both countries have shared multiple technical cooperation initiatives over the years, in pursuance of our respective development priorities which span the areas of health care, education, security, sports, agriculture and culture,” she said.

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