Saint Lucia has awarded outgoing Cuban Ambassador, Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis, the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (Gold) of the Order of Saint Lucia.
Governor General, Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, bestowed the honour on the Cuban diplomat on the advice of Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, for the ambassador’s significant contribution to this country’s development.
According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the special investiture ceremony was held on December 6, 2018.
Prime Minister Chastanet, President of the Senate Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre, Speaker of the House Andy Daniel, Leader of the Opposition Philip J Pierre, government ministers and members of the diplomatic corps were in attendance.
Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, was among those who addressed the event.
“It goes without saying that this awardee must truly be a Saint Lucian
at heart,” the minister declared.
She said the Cuban diplomat has left his mark on this country.
As a result, Flood-Beaubrun expressed confidence that wherever he goes, Luis will be an ambassador to Saint Lucia.
Prime Minister Chastanet described Luis as a dear friend to this country.
“During his tenure here, Cuba has worked closely with the National Emergency
Management Organization (NEMO) as it relates to preparation and mitigating natural
disasters,” Chastanet observed.
He also highlighted Cuba’s continued assistance in the areas of health, sports, agriculture, infrastructure and education.
For his part, the Cuban diplomat dedicated the award to the people of Cuba.
“Today the friendship between Cuba and Saint Lucia reaches a new peak,” he declared.
His Excellency Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis’ tenure, which began here on December 11th 2014, comes to an end later this month.