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Cuba opens more Caribbean embassies

Monday, March 13, 2006

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AFP): Cuba will open embassies in four new Caribbean countries in an effort to bolster its regional ties, Cuba's ambassador to the Caribbean Community organization said Friday.

Alejandro Marchante Castellanos, who represents Havana at the 15-nation Caricom group, said that new Cuban embassies would open in Antigua-Barbuda, Dominica, Suriname, and St Vincent-Grenadines.

Havana will now have diplomatic representation in all Caricom countries except the British colony of Montserrat, Marchante Castellanos said.

The new embassies would open starting next month, he said. At least 1,200 Cuban doctors are working across the Caribbean, and more than 1,000 students from the region are studying with full scholarships at Cuban universities.

Caricom members as a single bloc have consistently voted against the US trade and economic embargo on Cuba -- in place since 1960 -- at the United Nations and other international fora.

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