The Ambassador of Belarus to Cuba, Alexander Alexandrov, highlighted the strengthening of relations between his country and the Caribbean island during the political-cultural event held at ICAP headquarters in Havana. Photo: Karoly Emerson/ICAP

The solidarity and unconditional support of Belarus to Cuba was ratified by Alexander Alexandrov, the country’s ambassador to the island, speaking to Granma International on the occasion of the Belarusian National Day, July 3.

The date marks a crucial victory for the Red Army, with the liberation of Minsk from Nazi fascist occupation in 1944. The former Soviet republic saw the loss of three million of its people during WWII.

Ambassador Alexandrov explained that bilateral ties between his country and Cuba are strong, and cooperation in all sectors increases annually with the supply of trucks, tractors, and other agricultural machinery and equipment to the island. In turn, this European nation imports medicines, sugar, tobacco, and rum from Cuba. In this regard, the ambassador praised the quality of Cuban drugs, particularly Heberprot-P, for the treatment of complex wounds and diabetic foot ulcers.

“Regarding cultural ties,” he said, “for this month of July, an International Music Festival has been organized in Minsk, with the participation of several Cuban singers and groups. This event will be attended by delegations from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and other Latin American countries. Cuban children are also part of another festival of children’s music taking place in Minsk beginning June 27.”

During a cultural event held at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) in Havana, on the occasion of the National Day of Belarus, the ambassador recalled visits made to his country by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz in 1972, and by President Raúl Castro Ruz in 1996.

He referred to the strengthening of bilateral relations through state agreements, which facilitate the development of mutual cooperation. “Both governments have expressed the will to consolidate trade, based on the deep bonds of friendship between our two peoples,” Alexandrov stated.

He recalled the arrival in 1961 of the first young Cubans to be trained in different professions in Belarus, who were bid farewell before traveling by Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, then Minister of Industry. The program was part of the solidarity provided by the USSR to the nascent Cuban Revolution.

He also assured that Belarus will continue to support Cuba in international organizations in its call for an end to the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by successive U.S. administrations on the island. He affirmed, “This interventionist policy prevents the normal economic development of the country.”

He commented that despite U.S. hostility, the Cuban Revolution remains firm and strong. The island has seen outstanding achievements in different areas such as medicine, education, culture, and sports.

“The world must remember the Cuban medical assistance provided to the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, mainly children and adolescents, including many from my country,” he added.