“The opening of this embassy is a symbol of fraternity and an expression of our longstanding ties, which have stood the test of time,” stated Claude Morel, secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles, speaking on April 26, during the inauguration of the African country’s embassy in Havana, which also saw the participation of President Danny Foure.
“Our history is based on shared principles and priorities,” he stated on presenting the nation’s new and first Ambassador to Cuba, Joseph Nourrice, during an act attended by Marcelino Medina and Rogelio Sierra, Cuba’s acting and deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs, respectively.
Morel added that the embassy will serve as a bridge between the Seychelles and the rest of the Caribbean.
After recalling the historic ties which unite both developing island states, he talked about Cuba’s role in Africa’s liberation struggles, highlighting strategic cooperation efforts in sectors such as health and education, ties which both countries wish to expand to include agriculture, the environment, sports, science and culture, noted Morel.
The African official also recalled Cuba’s contribution to the important advances made by his country in the field of medicine, as well as the significant role played by the island in training human resources; citing the example of President Foure, who studied in Cuba 32 years ago.
“The importance of this occasion stems from the cooperation ties between the two developing island states; it represents the shared desire to take relations to their highest level and honor the achievements of the South-South cooperation model,” stated Ambassador Joseph Nourrice, speaking before Cuban officials, members of the accredited diplomatic corps on the island, students from the Seychelles and reporters.
The flag of the Seychelles can now be seen flying high on 43rd Street and Avenida Kholy, Nuevo Vedado, Havana, as an irrefutable sign of the country’s presence in the Caribbean.