African countries to show solidarity with Cuba at continental conference
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent.
Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che".
The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of Cuba based on its solidarity actions, discuss priorities in the actions of solidarity, strengthen bonds between partner organizations of the Continent and agree on new strategies to work together on a greater scope for lifting of the blockade of the U.S. Government against Cuba.
"The Conference will also enable Namibia to fully take advantage of the opportunity and share its rich history of the liberation struggle with the Cuban people and the rest of the Continent. An exhibition on the solidarity movement with Cuba will also be staged," said the permanent secretary.
The first African conference of solidarity with Cuba was hosted by South Africa in 1995, followed by Ghana in 1997, Angola in 2010 and Ethiopia in 2012.