Southern Times Writer
Windhoek – Namibian President Hage Geingob has showered praises on Cuba, describing the Caribbean island nation as a special friend.
He made the remarks during a courtesy call by Cuban Ambassador to Namibia Sidenio Acosta in Windhoek this week.
President Geingob highlighted how Cuba had played an important role in bringing about Namibia’s Independence following the rout of apartheid forces at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale on August 14, 1987.
Away from the theatre of military operations, Cuba has also supported Namibia in the spheres of health, education and skills transfer.
“The Cuban people assisted Namibians to free themselves, and without any expectations, which is praiseworthy,” President Geingob said.
Ambassador Acosta delivered a message of condolence to President Geingob from Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel following the passing on of SWAPO Deputy Secretary-General and former Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku.
The Cuban Ambassador thanked Namibia for its consistent support at various international fora, particularly as regards opposition to American economic sanctions on the island.
President Geingob said that support for Cuba was a matter of principle, and Namibia would continue to support Havana’s crusade to end the blockade.
The Namibian Head of State and Government emphasised the need to continue strengthening solidarity and co-operation between the two nations to advance mutual prosperity.