Cuban Chargè d’Affaires, Yordenis Despaigne Vera has lauded the Liberian media for its role in building democracy by reporting activities essential to the growth and development of the country.
In a farewell message on Thursday, November 8 at a resort in Monrovia where diplomats and government officials gathered for a send-off reception, Mr. Vera said before building Liberia-Cuban relations, it was the media that propagated activities of Cuba in Liberia.
Vera and his wife Carmen Maury Toledo, came to Liberia as representatives of the Cuban Government in 2015, while the Ebola virus disease that struck the country was subsiding.
It was a time when some Cuban doctors had come and immensely helped in eradicating the deadly disease.
According to Vera, the true intent of Cuba through its embassy in Monrovia would not have been understood if the media had not reported what was coming from the embassy.
Mr. Vera also acknowledged the role of the Liberian government in pleading with the United Nations to convince the United States to lift the economic blockade it imposed on Cuba about 60 years ago.
He said as a result of advocates by Liberia and other countries, the United Nations issued a statement condemning the perpetual blockade on his country. Even as the blockade still stands, Vera added, Cuba will remain consistent with its political philosophy built by the late Fidel Castro Reu, the country’s former ruler.
Cuba’s achievements in developing its people and extending assistance to the outside speak volume of the island country’s resolve to defend human rights which is impeded one way or the other by the US imposed sanction.
He then commended the Liberian Government for nurturing the friendship between their two countries, and expressed that their departure is a “painful experience,” because their stay in Liberia has brought them very close to many Liberians.
“As such, I am leaving with memories of activities I went through with Liberia officials, therefore, I hope that the friendship that has begun will continue on a good par,” Mr. Vera.
He also praised his wife, Carmen, for her role in his ambassadorial task in Liberia, noting, “if she had not been around, much of what I did might not have succeeded.”
His original language being Spanish, Carmen articulates in English excellently has been assisting Yordenis to translate information from Liberian journalists to him for better understanding.
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Elias Shoniyin, recalled how the long relations between Liberia and Cuba began in 1974, and since then, it has yielded mutual benefits for the two countries.
Shoniyin named scholarships offered by Cuba in Agriculture, Sports, Medicine and Education as tremendous benefits to Liberia.