By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Government of Belize, in furthering its relationship with Cuba, has announced its new Ambassador to Cuba.
Ambassador Annie Burns Martinez presented her credentials to Vice President and Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Gladys Bejerano Portela and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Marcelino Medina González at a ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.
As a part of the event, the representatives of both countries discussed areas where cooperation can be strengthened, including: trade, culture and tourism. They also discussed security matters such as human trafficking and Cuba’s current immigration crisis. A key point of discussion in immigration talks was the call by Hon. Wilfred Elrington for the Central American Integration System (SICA for its acronym in Spanish) to coordinate a regional response to the issue.
Elrington’s hopes mirrored that of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who said that Belize would willingly participate in an effort to assist migrating Cubans, which has the support of all the SICA member countries.
Belize and Cuba have long-standing relations, which were discussed at the ceremony. Among the cooperation agreement Cuba offers a Cuban Medical Brigade and the general medicine and specialization scholarships that have helped to further develop Belize’s public health sector.