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International Affairs Committee statement on Diplomatic Relations with the Republic of Cuba

The International Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, meeting in normal session this week, discussed the diplomatic relations between Cuba and Seychelles and the cooperation programs presently ongoing. The assistance in the field of medical services was particularly reviewed as this forms the most important element of the cooperation agreement between our two countries and for which the National Assembly of Seychelles offers its full support.

The IAC members unanimously recognized the benefits for Seychelles of this agreement and expressed their desire to see the perusal and expansion of the program in the years ahead. The Committee further recommended that the Seychelles Ambassador in Havana discuss the subject at the first available opportunity with the Cuban authorities with the view of renewing a long-term agreement in this domain.

The IAC was informed of criticisms recently leveled at the Cuban authorities on the matter of conditions of employment and treatment of Cuban doctors posted overseas. This, the IAC concluded, provided an opportunity for the Seychelles and Cuban authorities to discuss the matter and find ways to improve the terms of the program, for the benefit of all parties.