Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juana Elena Ramos has described the relationship between Cuba and Dominica as one of “close friendship”.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon, Ramos said both countries share a long history of solidarity and friendship.
“I think that we are friends,” she said. “Cuba and Dominica have a long history of solidarity and friendship between our governments and our people and I think that at this moment we are very close and really we appreciate the solidarity of Dominica with Cuba in the case of the Cuban 5, also in our fight against the blockages.”
The Cuban 5, also known as The Miami 5, are five Cuban intelligence officers convicted in Miami of conspiracy to commit espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, acting as an agent of a foreign government, and other illegal activities in the United States. They were arrested in 1998.
Two have been released so far.
Dominica is standing in solidarity with Cuba on the matter and has been calling on the US to release the remaining three.
At the press conference, plans were also announced to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Cuba Scholarship Program.
Some of activities include a reunion, the launch of a magazine, a health fair, a reading fair and books distribution in Dubique, among others.
Meantime, beneficiary of the Cuba Scholarship Program and President of the Dominica Cuba Friendship Association (DCFA), Frankie Lowe, said he was grateful for the opportunity given to him by the program to further his education.
“If it wasn’t for Cuba, I don’t know how things would have been,” he stated, “It also gave us a lot of poor people the opportunities to earn careers. Back in those days it would have been Mr. So and So who would have been able to go and study.”
He said presently he is an electrical engineer because of his success in the program.
“So on behalf of Dominicans I want to express our gratitude to the people and government of Cuba and also Dominica for the initiative,” he said.
To date 332 Dominicans have graduated from the scholarship program over the past 35 years.