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Bahamas, Cuba mark 40 years of diplomatic relations

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and The Republic of Cuba celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations with a reception held at Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island November 24. Pictured: (from left) Former governor-general, Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes; Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip Davis; ambassador of The Republic of Cuba to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Ernesto Soberon Guzman; governor general Dame Marguerite Pindling; Prime Minster Perry Christie; Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman; and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Philip Miller. (BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and The Republic of Cuba celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations with a reception held at Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island November 24.

The Bahamas and Cuba officially established diplomatic relations November 30, 1974 and since then, the two countries have signed a number of agreements beneficial to both countries.


Notable among the various agreements has been collaboration in health and education.

The Bahamas and Cuba signed a cooperation agreement in August 2003 between their respective Ministries of Education providing for 79 Cuban specialists to teach in 25 government senior and junior high schools for a period of two to four years.

Over time, hundreds of Bahamian students have graduated and continue to study at Cuban institutions in the fields of medicine, economics and engineering.

To date, more than 400 Bahamians have benefited from the Operation Miracle eye programme, enabling those with eye impairments to receive medical assistance from Cuba free of charge.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has said that Majesty of the Seas would transfer from its Royal Caribbean International cruise brand to its Pullmantur brand in 2016.

The Bahamas welcomed the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Quantum of the Seas at the Inaugural Call on Nassau at Prince George Dock November 27, 2014.

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