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(PRESS RELEASE) — A special Investiture ceremony was held on Thursday December 6, 2018 at the Government House of Saint Lucia with the recipient of the honour being the Ambassador Extraordinary of the Republic of Cuba to Saint Lucia.
His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, Governor General of Saint Lucia, on the advice of the Prime Minister, bestowed on His Excellency Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis, the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (Gold) of the Order of Saint Lucia.
This honour is for Ambassador Luis’ significant contribution to Saint Lucia’s development efforts and was done in accordance with the provisions of the National Honours and Award Act.
In attendance was Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, President of the Senate Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre, Speaker of the House Andy Daniel, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Philip J Pierre, government ministers and members of the diplomatic corps.
Minister with responsibility for External Affairs Hon. Sarah Flood-Beaubrun in her remarks expressed: “It goes without saying that this awardee must truly be a Saint Lucian at heart.”
“The Cuban diplomat says, I serve you because I truly understand your needs. This is exemplified in summary by the tremendous work ethic of the Cuban diplomat, the sincerity, the thoroughness, the genuine love and interest that emanates from your work, and of course your record of achievement,” Hon. Sarah Flood-Beaubrun said.
“You have left your mark in Saint Lucia and we have the confidence that you will be an ambassador to Saint Lucia wherever you may go,” she went on to say.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet paid an emotional tribute to Ambassador Luis, describing the Ambassador as a very dear friend of Saint Lucia.
Said the Prime Minister: “The Ambassador is not just your ordinary ambassador, he is truly a friend to Saint Lucia and I am indeed pleased to also refer to him and his family as my friends.”
In outlining some of the engagements between Cuba and Saint Lucia under Ambassador Luis’ tenure, Prime Minister Chastanet noted the Ambassador’s passion on the subject of Climate Change.
“During his tenure here, Cuba has worked closely with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) as it relates to preparation and mitigating natural disasters.”
Cuba’s continued assistance in the areas of health, sports, agriculture, infrastructure and education, was also noted.
A truly appreciative Ambassador later dedicated the award to the people of Cuba.
“Today the friendship between Cuba and Saint Lucia reaches a new peak. Cuba works for peace and solidarity amongst our people. We consider our contribution as part of the solutions to the unique challenges of our region as not only our duty but a source of our happiness. We are guided by the thoughts of the national hero of Cuba José Martí who said; “doing is the best way to saying.” We aspire that the word Cuba be synonymous with friendship, solidarity and fraternity in every Saint Lucian home,” said the Ambassador during his remarks.
His Excellency Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis’ tenure which began here on December 11th 2014 comes to an end later this month.
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