On March 1, the Nicaragua-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group reaffirmed its unwavering solidarity with the island, and willingness to continue strengthening bilateral ties, reported Prensa Latina.
These comments were made by Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) Deputy, Edwin Castro Rivera, during the establishment and election of the group’s board of directors, which saw Rivera chosen as its president. Also participating in the event was special guest and Cuban Ambassador to the Central American nation, Juan Carlos Hernández; as well as the President of Nicaragua’s National Assembly and member of the Nicaragua-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, Gustavo Porras.
Upon welcoming the Cuban ambassador, Castro Rivera called on the group to revitalize parliamentary exchanges between the two nations and pledged to draw up a common agenda responding to the interests of both peoples.
Deputy Edwin Castro noted that one of the parliamentary body’s most important tasks will be to strengthen the fight against the economic blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for more than 50 years.
“We will continue demanding the lifting of the financial blockade, because as long as it exists there will be no international justice, or justice in America,” stated the parliamentarian.
Composed of nine FSLN members, Gladis de los Ángeles Báez was re-elected as the group’s vice president, while Carlos Wilfredo Navarro was chosen as secretary.
For his part, the Cuban Ambassador to Nicaragua, accompanied by members of the island’s delegation, thanked the group for the invitation and above all for Nicaragua’s countless demonstrations of solidarity with the Cuban people and government.
In this sense he noted that the Nicaraguan people have expressed their support for the island in all scenarios, such as in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for over half a century, among other causes.
Meanwhile, Hernández also noted the willingness of Cuba’s National Assembly to broaden and strengthen ties with the group, as well as promote inter-parliamentary exchanges.