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Avellon Williams 

DOMINICA – The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, was awarded the Order of José Marti on Tuesday, April 26 by the Government of Cuba.

The Order of José Marti is the highest state honor conferred on nationals of Cuba, foreign heads of state and government who have distinguished themselves in the defense of human rights, and made significant contributions to education, culture, governance, and well-being of all.

This award is named after José Marti, a poet, and writer who was widely regarded as a nationalist, philosopher, activist, and humanitarian. Marti is known as the ‘Apostle of Cuban Independence.’

The ceremony began at 6:30 p.m. at Revolution Square in Cuba, with the laying of wreaths at the Monument of José Marti. Known as a national hero, José Marti was a famous figure in Cuban history. The Order was founded in 1972 with the support of former President Fidel Castro and a memorial was built-in 1978.

It represents the highest distinction given by the Government of Cuba.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel,/Image,AA/

Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s President, bestowed honor on Dominican Prime Minister Raul Castro during a ceremony in Havana. Also attending the ceremony were Bruno Rodriquez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Minister of Public Health, and Cuba’s Ambassador to Dominica.

Further, Dominica’s delegation has comprised Fidel Grant, Minister of the Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Gregory Riviere, Minister of State in the Ministry of the Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Dr. Adis King, Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors Security and Dominicans with Disabilities, Mrs. Barbara Dailey, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Foreign Affairs, International Business, and Diaspora Relations and Ambassador Mathew Walter, Dominica’s Ambassador to Cuba.

Delegation /Image, FPMRS/

There is a growing list of world leaders who have been recipients of the José Marti Award, including the former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela, who received the award in 1991, and former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who received the award in 1999.

After a three-day official visit to Cuba by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, the visit wrapped up with the evening’s ceremony. As part of his visit, the Dominican leader met with Dominican students in Cuba and engaged the Cuban Environment Agency in discussions regarding disaster preparedness and climate change.

He also met with officials of the ministry of agriculture and the Latin American School of Medicine and toured the newly established Fidel Castro Centre.

In addition to the ceremony, the Cuban President will host a formal dinner in honor of Prime Minister Skerrit to continue Dominica – Cuba relations on a range of issues, including technical assistance for agriculture, disaster mitigation, and healthcare.

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    This man is a megalomaniac, narcissistic dictator in his own country of Dominica.

    Whilst Dominican patriots are walking for electoral reform and fair, free elections in Dominica and being threatened with court summons to just walking in the capital of Roseau, we have this wicked dictator receiving this award. Its an injustice to those who are worthy of it.
    This is an absolute disgrace to all those that are standing up against his regime, and are being intimidated.

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