08/14/13 - Guyana Chronicle - Cuban Ambassador bids farewell
A NEW Cuban Ambassador will be assigned to Guyana within a few days,
according to outgoing Ambassador Raul Gortázar Marrero who paid a farewell
courtesy call on President Donald Ramotar yesterday. The diplomat is
ending his four-year tenure at a high point in the two countries' relations
when a significant number of Guyanese have returned from Cuba after
completing seven or more years of studies in different fields.
The opportunity for Guyanese to pursue scholarships was made possible
through a bilateral agreement between former President Bharrat Jagdeo and
Cuban Leader Fidel Castro, that also catered for technical support in the
construction of four diagnostic and treatment centres and a
state-of-the-art eye care facility at Port Mourant.
The ophthalmology centre, manned by members of the Cuban medical brigade,
replaced a prior arrangement for Guyanese with eye ailments to benefit from
all-expenses-covered trips to Cuba for eye surgery.
Guyana and Cuba share a 40-year relationship that has been built on the
solid foundation of dynamic political dialogue, warm mutual respect and
Aside from the medical brigade, Ambassador Marrero made reference to
collaboration in sport and agriculture, assuring that the Cuban Government
will continue to support Guyana's development.
"Now-a-days, Latin America and the Caribbean are working in unison in this
regard because in unity there is strength and once we have that strength,
we can overcome," Ambassador Marrero said.
In October last year, President Ramotar met incumbent Cuban President Raul
Castro for the first time when he visited Cuba and discussed the bilateral
programme of cooperation.
The visit ended with agreements on the exemption of visa requirements for
holders of diplomatic, official and service passports, and cooperation in
the areas of sport and health.
Guyana informed Cuba of its decision to exempt Cuban nationals from visa
requirements to enter and remain in Guyana for periods not exceeding 90
days for the holders of all categories of passports. (GINA)
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