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Cuban Ambassador notes importance of Group 77+China Summit in Havana

Damascus, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) The summit of the Group 77 and China, which will take place in Havana on September 15-16, is necessary to convey the voice of the countries of the South, Cuban Ambassador Luís Mariano Fernández stressed on Tuesday.

The diplomat made that statement at a press attended by representatives of government media, including the official SANA news agency, the national television stations Al-Suriya and Ikhbariya, as well as the local newspapers Tishreen and Thawra.

Fernández explained that the Summit will seek concrete actions, solidarity, unity and consensus to convey the demands of the developing countries to have access to technologies and reduce the digital gap in this sense between the South and the North.

He pointed out that the Syrian delegation, headed by Minister of Finance Kinan Yaghi, was the first to arrive in the Cuban capital and its participation is important to convey the voice of its people, who long for peace after nearly 13 years of an imposed war.

In response to a question about whether there is a will for this bloc, which is made up of 134 countries, to have a more influential role in the United Nations, the ambassador made it clear that this is what the Havana Summit will seek, as well as contributing to a change in the current world order and implementing a fairer financial and commercial system.

Fernández pointed out that the geographical, political and development differences between the Group’s member countries is a strength rather than a weakness.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the Syrian Minister of Finance wished Cuba success in its organization of the Summit, which will be held under the theme “Current Development Challenges: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation.”

He assured that Damascus is committed to breaking the exclusivity that Northern countries have over the means of technology.

The Group 77 and China is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries attached to the United Nations with the objective of promoting the economic interests of its members collectively, as well as creating a common negotiating capacity within the multilateral organization.


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