On the occasion of 57the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Cuban Ambassador to Pakistan Gabriel Tiel Capote has thanked Pakistan for voting in favour of Cuban Resolution demanding end of US embargo.
“ It is a great honour for me to address the people and government of Pakistan on this very day,” he said. Every January 1st, Cuban people celebrate the anniversary of its revolution. “In this day of great significance and happiness, we remember the conclusion of our struggle for independence – a unique process that started on October 10th, 1868. It was aimed first to get freedom from 400 years Spanish colonialism – and second, to rescue the interrupted independence from the US dominium that lasted 59 years. The triumph of the popular insurrection on January 1st, 1959 paved the way to the complete exercise of sovereignty and independence by the people of Cuba,” he mentioned.
In half of a century on independent history, Cuba has been able to raise its people to his own stature. Its achievements in education, health system, social security, cultural, sport and scientific development and other are recognised all over the world. Faithful of its historic tradition and the path marked by its founding fathers, Cuba has put at the disposition of the humankind its modest advancements, he said.
“Our work during these years was carried out in the midst of constant threats, media campaigns, terrorist and military attacks and the economic war of imperialism and its allies, all of which forced Cuba to invest huge human and material resources,” he added.
As a result of this and the global economic crisis, which Cuba has not escaped, deficiencies persist, but difficulties must be faced with the intelligent effort of all, he stated.
“In spite of the fact that the Cuban economy continued its progress within the current year, the gross domestic product grew four percent. Huge interest has attracted the creation of the Special Development Area of Mariel – destined to become an important pole of attraction for foreign investment and at the same time in testing ground in modern technologies and new forms and methods of business management, in harmony with the preservation of the environment,” he maintained.
The gradual progress continues not only in education, public health and social security, but also in all areas to maintain the sovereign nation status, dignity and independence, he asserted.
Also Cuba and Pakistan celebrated this year the 60th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relationship. The 10th anniversary of the presence of Medical Brigade “Henry Revee” after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan and the successful graduation of 900 Pakistanis students as doctors in Cuba is a good example in this regard.
“Our nations are enjoying a very good momentous and I want to highlight the gesture of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, and also the Pakistanis people to donate 15,000 tonnes of basmati rice to our country,” he said.
These aforementioned facts show that, despite the geographical distance, Cuba and Pakistan have ties based on friendship and mutual aid, which is an example to the nations of the world, he mentioned.
“Finally, we would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to all the peoples of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with the hope that progress can be made for the achievement of peace and may God grant them greater happiness and prosperity in the new year of 2016.