Despite the geographical distance and economic limitations, regionally Cuba is home to the most African embassies, a continent with which it shares many historic and cultural ties.
With the opening of the Kenyan Embassy in the Cuban capital, set to take place this Friday March 16, there will now be 22 nations from Sub-Saharan Africa with diplomatic missions in the country, according to information by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
Although African countries have embassies located throughout the region, there are less than a dozen missions in bigger and economically stronger nations on our continent, like Mexico and Brazil.
The Republic of the Seychelles
Meanwhile, an important event occurred in April last year with the opening of the Embassy of the Republic of the Seychelles in Havana, the island’s first in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Attending the inauguration was the country’s President Danny Faure, who studied Political Science in Cuba.
In addition to Africa’s roots in Cuban society, culture and history, the 1959 Revolution also inspired and supported anti-colonial struggles on the continent.
Cuban soldiers for example, gave their lives to help several African countries secure their freedom, while tens of thousands of doctors, athletes, and teachers have contributed, and continue contributing, to the social and economic development of these nations.
In addition to the vast number of young Africans currently studying on the island, Cuba has also trained thousands of students from that continent who now hold important and even senior political positions in their countries of origin
- Over 30,000 Africans have graduated from Cuban universities
- Mandela: Cuba’s Solidarity is Unparalleled in African History
- The Cuban People Hold a Special Place in the Hearts of the People of Africa . . . Nelson Mandela
- African students at ELAM: We are thankful to Cuba, the island represents hope for the world
- Cuba’s Unwavering Defence of Africa
- Cuba calls for sustained development support in Africa
- Díaz-Canel reaffirms Cuba’s unconditional support for the African cause
- Cuba-Africa collaboration: A bridge between sister nations
- Cuba at the UN: Cuba treasures its history of solidarity with the African people
- History of Africa Would Be Incomplete Without Mentioning Fidel Castro
- Thousands pay tribute to Fidel in Namibia
- Tanzania: Premier Thanks Cuba for Honouring African Heroes
- Africa Condemns US Blockade of Cuba
- Cuba and Southern African Liberation: The Unknown Story
- Cuba Support to Africa Praised
- Over 1400 South Africans medical students on Cuban Scholarship
- WHO to Raul Castro: Thank you, Cuba is the first to respond to our call to fight Ebola in West Africa
- Cuba to send 165 health professions to fight Ebola in Africa
- Cuba and Ghana Sign Accord to Fight Malaria
- Cuban Health Workers Arrive in Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola
- More Cuban doctors and nurses leave for Africa
- With Cuba’s Help, First Specialist Hospital to Open in Liberia
- Cuba to Send 100 Doctors to Kenya
- Cuba, Venezuela to Help Rid West African States of Malaria