Cuban Parliament Approves Declaration for Africa Day

HAVANA, Cuba – Legislators in Cuba’s parliament have declared that the Caribbean island will observe May 25th as Africa Day to celebrate the roots and formation of Cuban nationality.

africaPhoto courtesy of the African Union.Speaking during an extraordinary session of Parliament on Friday, the president of the  International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), Yolanda Ferrer Gomez, highlighted the presence of the slaves who arrived from distant lands and left their footprints here, as well as the links with the countries of the union, and the fight against racism in African territory, the collaboration of the Island in the independence of several peoples of that continent.

“We reaffirm that the special relations between Cuba and Africa are indestructible, which together we have built, over the years, under the accurate guidance and brotherhood of the historic leaders of our nations. Those ties were deepened during the heroic deeds of our peoples against colonialism and racism on African soil, as well as for the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of several African nations,” Ferrer Gómez added.

The Parliament also ratified the gratitude for the resolutions passed every year by the African Union against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the largest of the Antilles, while expressing gratitude for the countless expressions of solidarity that are constantly received, in the face of the genocidal U.S. policy in the face of the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

In a statement, the legislators went on to wish Africa success in the implementation of its socio-economic development projects, particularly those dedicated to the crucial issue of food security, convinced that they will achieve new achievements that will bring greater prosperity and well-being to the brotherly peoples of the continent.