Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has praised Cuba’s contribution to Saint Lucia’s development, especially in the field of health.
He declared that Cuba is an inspiration to him.
Francis spoke during a visit to his office today by Cuba’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Jorge Francisco Soberon.
“Cuba is a place I hold very high in my heart because they have done a tremendous job for Saint Lucia, especially in the medical field,” the Castries Mayor said.
He said that the Cuban people have made sacrifices to provide eye and other forms of health care to prolong the lives of Saint Lucians.
Francis thanked the Ambassador for what his country has done under trying circumstances.
He expressed the view that Castries can be twinned with cities in Cuba.
Francis also raised the possibility of sanitation workers benefitting from Cuban health initiatives.
He expressed sympathy at the recent death of Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.
According to the Mayor, Castro was someone to look up to.
“You may not like certain things he has done but he has showed the world that if you are steadfast and believe in something, you can achieve it,” Francis stated.
He noted that Cuba has been able to survive despite a United States economic embargo.
The Cuban Ambassador for his part said his country was happy to continue contributing to the welfare of the people of Saint Lucia through health and other initiatives.
He also expressed gratitude for Saint Lucia’s ongoing support for the people of Cuba.