September 16, 2019
The first part of Cuba's humanitarian aid, for Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian arrived this afternoon in The Bahamas. Raciel Proenza, Deputy General Director for Economic Collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment, officially handed over the donation. He was accompanied by Cuban Ambassador to The Bahamas, Ismara M. Vargas Walter. Proenza announced that a second delivery of humanitarian aid would leave Cuba by ship shortly. Likewise, he informed that members of the “Henry Reeve” Medical Brigade, experts from the Electrical Union, as well as power line and chainsaw operators, are ready to travel to The Bahamas when the government of this nation considers it appropriate.
On behalf of the Bahamian government, the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency of The Bahamas, Captain Stephen Russell, received the aid. The senior official conveyed his government's thanks to the Cuban people and government. Russell highlighted the significance of this gesture of Cuba in the midst of the difficult situation faced by The Bahamas.
Once again the largest island of the Antilles shows its solidarity with the needy. On 30 November, Cuba and The Bahamas celebrate 45 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations.