Dominica assures departing Cuban ambassador of its continued opposition to US embargo

Ambassador Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa’s stint in Dominica has ended

Dominica intends to maintain its vote at the United Nations to end a US trade embargo on Cuba.

Acting Prime Minister, Ian Douglas gave that assurance to Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa at a farewell  ceremony for the Cuban Ambassador.

Douglas said that Dominica has been “very direct” in its support for Cuba against the US embargo and has been in favour of the UN resolution proposed by Cuba requesting an end to that embargo.

” And we know this embargo is not in the best interest of any country, far more, our sister Caribbean state like Cuba and we shall continue to support the ending of the embargo; rest assured,” Douglas stated.

He also indicated the government’s intention to seek an amendment to the current visa arrangement with Cuba which allows Dominica citizens visa-free entry to Cuba for up to twenty-eight days.

“We will pursue discussions with your successor for that visa arrangement to be revisited to make provisions with special consideration for Dominicans seeking medical attention in Cuba. In some cases, they may have to stay more than 28 days. So that would be necessary,” Douglas said.

Frometa de La Rosa will be replaced by Ambassador Ulyses Anraz Fernandes.

Meantime, Foreign Minister, Francine Baron, described the outgoing ambassador as one of Cuba’s “most dynamic and engaging young diplomats” and thanked the Cuban government for having sent him to Dominica at a “most fortuitous time.”

She said Ambassador de La Rosa is an excellent example of resident diplomatic representation.

The Foreign minister continued, “He worked to reinforce and consolidate traditional areas of collaboration in the health and education sectors, ensuring the smooth transitioning of the Cuban Medical Brigade and our Dominica students to pursue their studies in Cuba, among other things.”

Baron also expressed Dominica’s gratitude to the government and people of Cuba for their continued solidarity and support.

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  1. Democracy
    December 15, 2018

    every time i look @ what is going on in Dominica i see the corrupt leaders in Africa , want to know where are they going with all wealth they are accumulating , never forget all good things must come to an end some time ,some day , some month , some year , some how , nothing last forever am sure there is a god and he is watching.

  2. December 14, 2018

    I have nothing against Cuba they’re friendly to Dominica but our government need to be smart,Mr. Douglas the U S is watching,I guess you guys doesn’t care about those who are struggling,You already archived your gold.

  3. December 14, 2018

    This government are only doing things for their best interest, U guys need to take action to improve our life’s the ,No need to take side It doesn’t matter if this government voted to remove the embargo it will still remain a vote for Cuba is an isolation towards the people of Dominica.

  4. December 14, 2018

    Why these government won’t stay neutral,We’re not in a position in Dominica to take side,A vote to defend Venezuela in the United Nation hurting Dominicans,remain neutral will not hurt us.Please protect the majority in Dominica

  5. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 14, 2018

    So, whether or not Roosevelt oppose the embargo, sanctions, or what have you  on Cuba; what difference does that make in the life of any American, State government or the Federal Government? Roosevelt is a little mouse trying to grab some crumbs from Castro.

    There is nothing to get from Cuba, except the quacks they send to messed up our people playing doctor! Venezuela is dead; Roosevelt believe he will get something from Cuba  for nothing! Even if the United States sanctioned Cuba, by the the time Obama left office American’s were allowed to invest money in Cuba where American money are employing Cubans!

    In one week more tourist travel from Miami to Cuba than what goes to Dominica in five years! I iterate American as well as Canadian companies are doing business in Cuba, none are doing business in Dominica. So, Roosevelt mythical support does not ring a bell in America!

    Skerrit is a little mouse whose head got caught in a rat trap.

  6. kubulol
    December 14, 2018

    Easy ! ask Castro to organise free élections in his country, to stop jailing political opponents and to give his people access to democracy … then the US will lift up the embargo.
    Also to be kept in mind : embargo is not a blocade ; Cuba is free to import what they want from other countries !

    • Smiling
      December 16, 2018

      kubulol you talking as if the embargo is a dress or skirt

  7. December 14, 2018

    Good. U.S. policymakers have been wrong on this for over half a century. I’m no fan of the Castro regime, but trade embargoes hurt the people and never those who oppress them. Moreover, it’s hypocritical to claim to be the more free country, yet stop your own people from trading as they wish, which is what the embargo does.

    • Carltymas
      December 17, 2018

      I agree with you, Steve. I have a lot more to say about this situation and the U.S. government’s treatment towards certain countries but these are just from my personal observation coupled with history.

  8. Anonymous
    December 14, 2018

    Where is Austrie, our deputy Prime Minister. Has he joined Roosevelt Skerrit in Venezuela. I would not be supprised since the two are like blood brothers in that Petro Caribe business.

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