During the meeting, U.S. researchers, scientists and politicians expressed their interest in learning about Cuba's methods to reach high levels of scientific development.A press release by the Cuban Embassy to Washington DC underlines the interest of the U.S. scientific community in the results of the sector on the island and its signs of respect for Cuban science.
Jose Ramon Cabañas, Cuba's ambassador to the U.S. capital, referred to the history of relations between scientific institutions of the two countries and pointed out the progress made in the new bilateral context.
Cabañas said the achievements in relations take place despite the limitations imposed by the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, as well as the willingness demonstrated by the parties to move forward in the field of science, where concrete results for the benefit of the two peoples can be achieved.
The panel "Scientific Diplomacy with Cuba: Advances and Opportunities" began with the words of Dr. Frances Colon, Deputy Adviser for Science and Technology to the Secretary of State of the United States, who along with other officials and scientists commented on exchanges and experiences with Cuba, and the advantages and challenges for the future of these links.
The rest of the presentations were in charge of Dr. Cristina Rabadan-Diehl, Director for the Americas of the Office of Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services; Timothy Whiley, an official of the Office of Cuban Affairs of the State Department; and Fernando Bretos, Director of the project "Conservation and Marine Research in Cuba," of the Oceanos Foundation.
This meeting took place in the context of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries on July 20, and in that sense, the press release reads that science increasingly occupies a significant place among the topics identified for joint work and of special interest. / ACN.