One of Cuba’s most distinguish medal, ‘ friendship medal’ given by Cuban Council of state has been granted to a Gambian in Mr. Joseph Modou Peh Grant, President of Cuba- Gambian Friendship Association.
At a ceremony held in Banjul, the chief Cuban diplomat to The Gambia, Ambassador Rubén García Abelenda conferred the medal on Mr. Grant at the event graced by Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Momodou Tangara.
“Cuba is the most African country in the world outside of Africa.” Dr. Tangara said during the award ceremony at the Cuban diplomatic mission in Banjul.
The Friendship medal is which is granted by the Cuban Council of State at the request of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples is given to citizens, institutions or organizations, Cuban or foreign, who individually or collectively, contribute to the construction of a more just world and strengthen the fraternal ties of friendship, cooperation and mutual aid among peoples.
“ Today we remember the lives of Commanders Fidel Castro Ruz and Ernesto Che Guevara, they are present in every moment of our actions around the world, providing health, fraternity and solidarity. They sowed seeds that have germinated to be their continuity, to make their humanistic and internationalist thoughts, principles and convictions flourish,’ the Cuban ambassador said while conferring the award on Mr. Grant.
The event was witnessed by the head of Cuban medical brigade in The Gambia Dr. Anaris Odio Mosqueda and members of the brigade, National Assembly Members, young Gambians who studied in Cuba, and members of the Cuba Gambia friendship group.
The Cuban Ambassador said the friendship and solidarity between both nations is growing stronger every day, adding ‘ together we will achieve a more just world for all.’
Receiving the Award, Mr Grant thank the Cubans for recognizing his efforts in cementing the relationship between the two countries.
“ Cuba continue to be friend of the Gambia. Cuba stood by Africa during our struggle and the continue to stand by us. We will continue to uphold and defend the legacy of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara,” He said.