Visiting President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, inspects the front line of the Guard of Honour on his arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport, today. President Díaz-Canel is in Barbados for an official two-day visit. (Photo credit: C. Pitt/BGIS)
President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel arrived in Barbados, this afternoon, at 1:35 p.m. for an official two-day visit.
Upon his arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport, President Díaz-Canel was welcomed by Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kerrie Symmonds, and Government’s chaperone for the official visit, Minister of Industry, Innovation, Science and Technology, Davidson Ishmael.
The other members of the welcome party were Barbados’ Ambassador to Cuba, Phillip St. Hill; Acting Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Resa Layne; Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Commodore Errington Shurland and Commissioner of Police, Richard Boyce.
The Cuban leader, accompanied by his wife, Lis Cuesta Peraza, was afforded a 63-contingent Guard-of-Honour welcome by the Barbados Coast Guard, a 21-gun salute, and following the playing of both country’s anthems, he inspected the front line of the Guard of Honour.
President Díaz-Canel is in Barbados for an official State Visit and to participate in the Eighth CARICOM-Cuba Summit tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6.
Both events will commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Barbados and Cuba, as well as CARICOM-Cuba relations, which were established on December 8, 1972, by four CARICOM Member States, namely Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
Author: Sheena Forde-Craigg/BGIS