Lazo (right) and Farrugia held a meeting at the Cuban Parliament. Photo: Juvenal Balán

Cuba and Malta are two islands that share a vocation for freedom, independence and sovereignty, stated Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, September 4, on receiving his counterpart from this European nation, Angelo Farrugia.

During the meeting, Lazo stressed that this was the first high-level parliamentary visit from Malta in the current period of the Cuban legislature, and was taking place just a few months after the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Malta, one of the 28 member states of the European Union, is a priority partner for Cuba, he added.

Lazo, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, explained that the island maintains positive relations with Malta and expressed the interest in achieving regular exchanges between both parliaments.

He also thanked Malta for its support in the United Nations vote in favor of lifting the United States’ economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.

Meanwhile, Angelo Farrugia, speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta, noted that since his youth he closely followed what was happening in Cuba, as well as the speeches of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro. Farrugia stressed that no matter how small a country is, it should not be subjected to the will of a bigger one.

This was the first visit by a speaker of a European Parliament following the lifting of the so-called EU Common Position on December 12, 2016.