George Maurice Goodwin, Antigua and Barbuda’s new Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba presented his diplomatic credentials to the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez on Wednesday 14th October. Ambassador Goodwin was one of eight who presented for their respective countries including Ambassador Philip St. Hill of Barbados.
The Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodriquez Parrilla accompanied Diaz-Canel in the ceremony in which the diplomats presented the documents that accredited them as Ambassadors of their respective countries in Cuba.
The presentation was made in a formal ceremony at the historic Place of the Revolution where a guard of honour was in waiting to receive the Ambassador on the Red Carpet followed by an official salute and the playing of the National Anthems of both countries under the raised flags of the host nation and Antigua and Barbuda.
Following the presentation Ambassador Goodwin engaged in a brief conversation with the Cuban President and Foreign Minister. The President expressed his satisfaction with the excellent ties of friendship and cooperation in various fields and extended an invitation for Antigua and Barbuda’s participation in the 7th Cuba-CARICOM Summit to take place in December 2020 in the Cuban capital of Havana.
Ambassador Goodwin expressed his delight in taking up his new diplomatic duties in a country he is familiar with after having enjoyed over a forty years relationship and pledged to strengthen the already strong bonds between Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda.