Havana, 8 July 2022 (TDI): The Representatives of the Republic of Peru and the Republic of Cuba held a discussion on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the restoration of relations between the two countries.
— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) July 7, 2022
In line with this, the discussion was on the life as well as the work of two emblematic figures that had an impact on bilateral relations.
Namely, Raúl Porras Barrenechea, a former Peruvian Foreign Minister, and Antonio Núñez Jiménez, Cuba’s Ambassador to Peru between 1972-1978.
Peru’s Ambassador to Cuba, Gonzalo Flavio Guillén Beker made the presentation on behalf of the Peruvian Embassy. Together with the former Cuban Diplomats, Abelardo Curbelo and Luis Felipe Vázquez who presented as well.
Therefore, the Exhibitors underlined the life and work of Barrenechea and Núñez Jiménez, who marked points of agreement in favor of strengthening relations from their different positions and times.
Additionally, episodes like the memorable work by former Foreign Minister, Raúl Porras at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1960 were also highlighted.
That is, where he rejected the blockade against Cuba and the voluntary donation of hundreds of thousands of plasma bags, which the people of Cuba sent to Peru.
Cuba-Peru Bilateral Relations
Diplomatic relations between Cuba and Peru were established in 1902. However, following the expulsion of Cuba from the Organization of American States, the relations between the two countries deteriorated in the 1960s.
Consequently, both countries re-established their relations on July 8, 1972. Thus, a year after the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro visited Peru.
In 2021, Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez ratified the willingness to strengthen ties with Peru during a meeting with Guido Octavio Toro.
In addition, in 2016, the then Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala visited Cuba. Also, he conferred Raúl Castro and Fidel Castro with the Order ‘El Sol del Perú’ for having supported the country during the earthquakes of 1970 and 1974.
Most importantly, both countries maintain diplomatic relations founded on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs.