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President Diaz-Canel with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Photo: Estudios Revolución

MONTEGO BAY.— The first activity undertaken by Cuba’s President here was his official welcome by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the city’s Convention Center.

During the meeting, Holnees ─ who is now assuming the pro tempore presidency of Caricom – congratulated Díaz-Canel for his recent election as President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers; thanked Cuba for its solidarity with other Caribbean nations; and in the name of all leaders in Jamaica for the Caricom Conference, said he was pleased by the visit.

Díaz-Canel thanked the Jamaican leader for the warm welcome and the hospitality shown the Cuban delegation, recalling the historical and human closeness shared by the two countries, beyond geography, reaffirming Cuba’s gratitude for the “brave and audacious” gesture made by Jamaica in 1972, along with Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, to establish diplomatic relations with revolutionary Cuba, despite pressure from the United States.

President Diaz-Canel with Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Photo: Estudios Revolución

Following this meeting, Díaz-Canel met with Haitian President Jovenel Moise ─ exiting pro tempore president of Caricom ─ to discuss collaborative projects underway in water distribution and airport modernization, as well as scholarships for Haitian students to attend Cuban universities.