Southern Times Writer
Windhoek – Namibia and Cuba have committed to strengthening their historically close relations, the Southern African country’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Jenelly Matundu, has said.
Deputy Minister Matundu said this during the Namibia-Cuba Joint Commission this week.
“On behalf of the people and the Government of Namibia, I would like to express my utmost gratitude for the continuing solidarity between the people of Namibia and the people of Cuba. Solidarity requires relations, intentions and action grounded in explicit ethical and political commitments. These are exactly the values that underpin Namibia’s and Cuba’s relationship,” Deputy Minister Matundu said.
She recalled Cuba’s support for Namibian Independence, which came at a great human and economic cost to the Caribbean island; adding that ties between the two had continued to grow post-liberation as seen in ongoing co-operation in the fields of health, education, urban and rural development, and sport.
“My country valuates highly our cooperation, which is a true example of South-South Co-operation. Cuba has made significant contribution towards our education system. Already during our struggle for independence, Cuba extended scholarships to many Namibian students at various institutions in your country.
“Cuba has as such enriched the human capacity of Namibia and greatly contributed to our development efforts. I wish to thank you for that,” she said.
Deputy Minister Matundu added: “Cuba’s international health diplomacy is well known and appreciated around the world and we truly believe that this human solidarity, which your country demonstrates continuously, forms part of building a better world.”
She noted that also reiterated that despite the pressure posed by the illegal US economic blockade on Cuba, the country had persevered and had even developed five potential COVID-19 vaccines, two of which are in advanced clinical trials.
Deputy Minister Matundu said Namibia would continue to oppose American sanctions on Cuba both as an individual state and at international fora.
“We believe, that the economic, financial and commercial blockade leveled against your country is unfair, unjust and inhumane, and wish to see its immediate removal and total end.”