Ottowa/Havana, 2 September 2022 (TDI): Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Melanie Joly spoke with the Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez. During the talk, both ministers discussed the explosion in Matanzas and support for recovery efforts.

Further, Melanie Joly also raised the importance of human rights and economic growth.

Cuba – Canada Diplomatic Relations 

In 1945, Canada established its first diplomatic mission in the Caribbean in Cuba. In 1959, Canada acknowledged Cuba’s government. Moreover, Cuba has an embassy in Ottawa, as well as consulates in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

The basis of Canada’s relationship with Cuba is an openness to the conversation, cooperation, and the promotion of trade and investment.

Canada is a determined supporter of freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and the right to peaceful assembly without fear of intimidation, especially in Cuba.

Canada interacts with all facets of Cuban society, including the government, the private sector, non-governmental groups, and civil society in general.

Both states are dedicated to bolstering democracy. Furthermore, they collaborate with each other to promote and ensure the Cuban people’s rights and genuine democratic aspirations.

Canada supports a Cuban future in which the fundamental ideals of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are fully embraced.

The Canadian Government has repeatedly acknowledged Cuba’s dedication to economic and social rights and its significant achievements in education and health.

Concurrently, Canada has emphasized the significance of fundamental civil and political rights, including freedom of expression, association, and the press.

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Development cooperation is a fundamental aspect of the partnership between both countries, as well as supporting common goals such as food and nutrition security, climate change resilience, and green growth.

Moreover, current areas of cooperation focus on women’s leadership and participation in sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

Canada has also offered targeted assistance to Cuban institutions and groups such as the Cuban Women’s Federation and the Auditor General. All cooperative programs are controlled by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.