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Government, opposition, unanimously agrees on a call for the US to free up trade relations with Cuba – 4th Jan 2013

On Thursday evening, the National Assembly supported by way of resolution, a motion brought by Government, which called for the United States of America to end its economic embargo against Cuba.

The motion also called for continued diplomatic relations with the small island state, while recognizing the 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, said, despite the historic challenges, the then leaders had the determination to ensure that diplomatic relations were established and sustained.

APNU’s Dr. George Norton and Public Service Minister, Dr. Jenifer Westford. were among others who supported the motion. Both doctors were educated in Cuba.

In 1972, Guyana along with Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados established diplomatic relations with Havana despite the diplomatic embargo by the United States, more than a decade before Fidel Castro came to power.

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