Cuba as a Beacon of Hope for Africa

Esteban Lazo meets with Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi, president of the Parliament of Namibia

By: Marylín Luis Grillo

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2016-01-25 | 18:48:19 EST
Esteban Lazo meets with Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi, president of the Parliament of NamibiaEsteban Lazo meets with Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi, president of the Parliament of Namibia Photo: Roberto SuárezZoom
The Cuban nation might be thousands of kilometres away from Namibia, but it "is very close to the role played in its independence", the president of the National Assembly of the African country, Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi said on Saturday.
During the meeting with his Cuban counterpart Esteban Lazo, he addressed the strong and historical friendship that has united the two peoples despite the geographical distance, and the desire to maintain the fruitful bilateral relations that have so far characterized the exchange.
Hitjitevi stressed the importance of knowing Cuba "as a beacon of hope" for all people, while reiterating the commitment that the island has always had with independence, not only in Latin America but for all peoples of the world; the commitment is based on the principles of peace, human dignity and emancipation, he said.
The President of the National Assembly of Namibia is visiting Havana to participate in the Second International With all and for the good of all, Conference organized by the Office of the Marti Program.
On this occasion, he said that in his study of the thought of José Martí he has been able to show that the assistance provided by the Cubans in the struggle for independence in southern Africa stems from the roots of our people and was reflected in the ideology National Hero.
For his part, President of the National Assembly of People´s Power, Esteban Lazo, thanked him for the support given by Namibia to Cuba in the struggle for the liberation of the Cuban Five and against the blockade, which he added remains intact despite the restoration of diplomatic relations with the US, and international demands.
Also, Lazo said: "We have done a lot for Namibia and Namibia has done a lot for us" and added that he hopes to continue the mutual exchange for the development of both brotherly countries.
At the meeting was proposed to discuss ideas and experiences on the work of the two parliamentary assemblies and recalled the previous meetings between the leaders of the two states.
The Ambassador of Namibia in Cuba, Hopelong U. Ipinge also attendedas did the Vice President of the National Assembly of People´s Power of Cuba, Ana Maria Mari Machado, and other officials. Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi belongs to the SWAPO party will remain in Cuba until January 30, during which time he will attend various activities.
Translated by ESTI

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