Cuba

T&T, Cuba commit to strengthening friendship

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, where they discussed ways of enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries.

The meet took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Wednesday.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said that both parties committed to continuing to strengthen the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

PM invited to visit Cuba

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been invited to visit Cuba, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Tuesday.

The OPM said in a statement President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has extended an invitation to the prime minister for an official visit to Cuba at a mutually convenient date.

President Diaz-Canel used the invitation as an opportunity to convey a desire to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, the OPM said.

 

Health Ministry: Not all 800 nurses needed in T&T are coming from Cuba

The Ministry of Health says it notes, with concern, misinformation placed in the public domain as it relates to the employment of nursing practitioners from Cuba in the public health system.

A statement by the Ministry says: "As indicated by the Honourable Terence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, the Ministry is taking steps, in the first instance, to source specialist nurses from the local professional pool."

Ministry: Cuban doctors being deployed to all operational hospitals in T&T

The Ministry of Health says Cuban paediatricians are among some of the medical personnel who will soon be deployed to health facilities in Trinidad and Tobago to provide health services.

This forms part of the Technical Cooperation Agreement in Healthcare between this county and the Republic of Cuba.

The Ministry says these medical practitioners will work in health facilities which are currently operational within the public health sector.

Cuba's Vice Foreign Minister on working visit to T&T

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Díaz, will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago today on a working visit, the Cuban Embassy has said.

The Cuban diplomat will be accompanied by the Director of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Division of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Jorge Luis Mayo Fernández.

The Deputy Minister will develop a programme that includes meeting with Trinidadian counterpart Jennifer Daniel, with Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of the Caribbean country, Dennis Moses and Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon.

Update on Cuba plane crash: More than 100 killed, three survivors critical

More than 100 people were killed when a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

Three passengers were in critical condition after surviving the crash, state-run media reported.

The plane, a Boeing 737-200 leased by state airline Cubana de Aviacion from a small Mexican carrier and operated by a Mexican crew, went down in a field within a couple of miles of Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

Regional: Passenger plane crashes in Cuba with 104 on board

A Boeing 737 operated by state airline Cubana has crashed on takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with 104 passengers on board, according to Cuban state media.

There's no immediate word on casualties.

State television and websites said the plane was headed to the eastern city of Holguin and crashed between the airport in southern Havana and the nearby town of Santiago de las Vegas.

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