"In the then so-called ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¹Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“cold war' environment, that decision represented a bold, and some may say defiant, step towards embracing our sister Caribbean nation. We have never regretted taking that step."
Several guests were on hand to mark the occasion, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Dominica, Trinidad &Tobago, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts, Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda and Grenada. Also present were the Assistant Secretary-General of CARICOM, Mr. Colin Granderson, and the Ambassador of Barbados to CARICOM, Dennis Kellman and members of the Barbados Diaspora in Cuba.
The opening of the Embassy in Cuba comes just over a year after Prime Minister David Thompson, during an official visit to that country in 2009, made the announcement of Barbados' intent to establish a diplomatic presence in Cuba.