| 26th Caravan Update:
Two New Embassies,
An important step — but many more steps to travel.
On July 20, Cuba and the United States each re-opened their embassies after 54 years.
We’re all celebrating yet another step moving towards ‘normal’ relations, but we are conscious of the many steps left to travel.
Most of the IFCO/Pastors for Peace staff was in Cuba with the 26th Friendshipment Caravan. Perhaps you also missed the speech by Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla in Washington, D.C. So, we have attached it here in Spanish and in English for your convenience.
We want to share an interview Telesur did with IFCO’s Director, Gail Walker, as part of their program Imaginary Lines. Watch it here. (Note, Gail’s interview is in the middle part, but the program begins with an interesting and important ‘correction’ of the media’s mis-reporting on the Pope’s visit to Bolivia.)
Speaking of steps left to travel: read US Still Planning to Undermine Cuba by Tom Whitney (of Maine’s Let Cuba Live). Tom gives specific examples of some of the items the Cuban Foreign Minister spoke of when he stressed the importance of: “the reciprocal intention of developing respectful and cooperative relations between our peoples and governments.”
“The challenge is huge because there have never been normal relations between the United States of America and Cuba, in spite of the one and a half century of intensive and enriching links that have existed between both peoples. “
Thank you for your support for IFCO as we continue on this journey. We need your tax-deductible gifts, and we will continue working until we finally have normal and respectful relations between the US and Cuba.