Cuban FM Stresses Importance of Ties with Latin America

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez highlighted the importance for Havana of its relations with Latin American and Caribbean nations, with which it shares the common goal of defending peace and geographical coexistence.

In Twitter, he wrote Cuba has defended the proclaim of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, calling the region an area of insertion and common destiny.

He further said the island consolidated its 'multifaceted relations with all Latin America and the Caribbean'.

In another twit the Minister pointed out Europe represented in 2018 a third of the island's trade turnover with the world. It was an important source of tourists and the most important in term of cooperation.

Rodriguez further wrote that 'our relations have the potential to keep expanding in 2019'.

Previously, the Cuban FM highlighted the strengthening of bonds in 2018 with nations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, based on respect and cooperation.

Rodriguez mentioned Cuba sent more doctors to countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East, and said that one of Havana's goal in 2019 is geared to expand links with these two regions.

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US Seeks Excuses to Intensify Blockade against Cuba

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has reiterated today that the US Government is seeking pretexts to increase confrontation and intensify the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island for almost six decades.

He who speaks about alleged deliberate acts against US diplomats in Cuba blatantly lies. There is not the slightest evidence or scientific explanation. The US is always manipulating for political purposes. The US is always finding out excuses to increase confrontation and intensify the blockade, the FM wrote on his Twitter account @BrunoRguezP.

Cuban Government ensured yesterday that there was no evidence of acoustic or other attacks against US diplomats.

No possible authors have been identified, nor any people with motivation, intention or means to execute this kind of actions, stressed Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Hernandez who attended yesterday a press conference at the Foreign Ministry.

The General Director of the US Office in the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, said again that the island guarantees the security of all people, including diplomats accredited here.

Fernandez de Cossio expressed that Cuba has not questioned the existence of sick staff. The truth is that based on the research done and existing evidence, nothing indicates that the disease they may suffer or the symptoms reported are the result of their stay on the island.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Valdes, director of the Neurosciences Center of Cuba, summarized the work done by the committee of Cuban experts and the Academy of Sciences of the island on the alleged health incidents reported by US diplomats.

Washington insists on using the term attacks for the alleged health problems experienced by its diplomats, a position that Havana frames in the interest of the current administration in the White House in reversing the steps taken toward improving relations by previous administration of Barack Obama.

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Cuban FM Highlights Role of Communication in Foreign Policy

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez assured Wednesday that communication is an essential part of foreign policy, in a message on Twitter.

Communication is an essential part of foreign policy. Working with the national and foreign media, acting on social media and the Internet and fostering the image of Cuba abroad are among our priorities, he wrote in his account @BrunoRguezP.

On behalf of the national Foreign Ministry, Rodriguez received the recognition granted by the Union of Journalists of Cuba in order to highlight the work of the entity towards the national press.

MINREX gets awarded from the Union of Journalists of Cuba for its work towards the national press. A distinction that honors us and that reaffirms the commitment of revolutionary diplomacy, and of all, to offer truthful and timely information to our people, underlined in another tweet.

Every March 14th since 1992, Cuban journalists celebrate their day to remember the first issue of the newspaper Patria, the highest expression of the prolific journalistic work of the National Hero, Jose Marti, initiated with the publication of El Diablo Cojuelo and La Patria Libre, in 1869

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Cuban People Are the Protagonists of Diplomacy, Foreign Minister Says

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Monday in Havana that the Cuban people are the main protagonists in the country''s diplomacy.

Probably the popular participation of citizens is unique in the experience of the Cuban Revolution, explained Rodriguez after participating in the debates prior to the Ordinary Session of the 9th Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament).

Our people deserve to congratulate themselves, because thanks to their effort and loyalty, to the thought of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, to the leadership of Army General Raul Castro and President Miguel Diaz-Canel, we had outstanding results this year, he pointed out.

We can talk about popular participation and Cuban emigration in the debate on the draft Constitution, Rodriguez noted.

Thousands of amendments to the document were submitted regarding foreign policy, and the constitutional commission will surely take them into account, as will the Parliament, said the foreign minister.

We see how the people participate in the struggle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than half a century, now with more aggressiveness.

'The year that is about to end has been tremendous, a difficult year, of commendable, encouraging results and of a foreign policy that continues and will always be faithful to our independence, patriotic tradition and to our revolutionary and deep popular tradition', the foreign minister stressed.

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US Has No Moral Authority to Judge Cuba on Human Rights

The US Government has no authority to point at Cuba on human rights issues, the island''s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stressed, reacting to a statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on alleged violations.

'Pompeo lies and libels,'underlines Rodriguez in a tweet the Foreign Ministry reproduced in social media.

The Cuban FM demanded from the US Government and its Secretary of State to lift the economic, trade and financial blockade Washington has maintained over almost 60 years.

He also wrote about Washington's poor performance on human rights for its condition as 'global repressor' and for its cruel treatment of migrants, minorities and poor people.

Director General of the US Office of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, also lambasted Pompeo's writing on Cuba.

With usual lack of decency the US Government shows when dealing with human rights, Pompeo issued a letter he said he had sent to Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, but it had not been received at the time he made it public.

He further said the US Government is dishonest when it expresses concern over human rights in Cuba or elsewhere.

'Its historical trajectory, its constant and flagrant abuses against its own population and that of many countries, and its alliance with dictatorial regimes guilty of vicious crimes disqualify the moral authority of US leaders,' emphasized Fernandez de Cossio.

To him, the letter and its public handling are actions of propaganda.

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Cuban Foreign Minister received his counterpart from Ghana

The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez received Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, who visits the Caribbean island with the purpose of promoting ties between both nations.

At the Foreign Ministry headquarters, Rodríguez stressed the links between the two countries, and recalled that Ghana was the first African nation to establish diplomatic relations with the Antilles’ largest one, which will meet six decades in 2019.

In addition, she reiterated the gratitude from the island of Ghana and the African Union for their claims for lifting the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.

On the other hand, Botchwey highlighted Cuban hospitality and sent greetings from her country’s governments to the Cuban people and authorities.

According to the program of the visit, Foreign Ministers will participate today in the signing of an agreement for regular diplomatic consultations.

Tomorrow, Botchwey will pay tribute to the leading Ghanaian independence Kwame Nkrumah, in the Park of the African Heroes of this capital.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Receives Colombian Peer

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez received his Colombian counterpart, Maria Angela Holguin, in this capital, the Foreign Ministry said today.

At a cordial meeting, the two officials discussed issues related to the peace talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) that are taking place in Havana.

The Colombian minister was accompanied by her country's high commissioner for Peace, Rodrigo Rivera, and other figures involved in the dialogue.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos noted that he would work until the last day of his administration, which will end on August 7, to hand over the next government a peace process with the ELN that is 'under way and on very solid bases'.

The ELN said that it is trying to advance the talks in a way that will allow the next occupant of the Nariño House (Ivan Duque) to appoint a new delegation and continue the peace agenda without great trauma.

Pablo Beltran, the commander of the insurgent force who is heading the negotiating delegation, told Prensa Latina that they have been instructed not to leave the table and to insist on the continuity of the peace talks.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Chairs Delegation to Nicaraguan National Event

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez heads the delegation of Cuba that will attend the central event in Nicaragua for the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, diplomatic sources said today.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the delegation is also made up of Juan Hernandez, Cuba's ambassador to Nicaragua and other officials.

On July 19, 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) defeated Anastasio Somoza´s dictatorship and started a process of socio-economic transformation for the benefit of the Nicaraguan people.

Currently, that Central American country faces a sociopolitical crisis fueled by the international right with the intention of overthrowing President Daniel Ortega´s government, elected by popular will expressed at the polls.

The day before, Latin American leaders ratified in the Forum of Sao Paulo, which took place in Cuba, their solidarity with Nicaragua, its people and the Executive led by Ortega.

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