Cuban President Recalls Granma Yacht Landing

Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel recalled todaty in his Twitter account the 62nd anniversary of the landing of the yacht Granma and highlighted the investiture of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as new president of Mexico.

'Recalling another anniversary of the arrival of the yacht Granma to Las Coloradas, we left #Mexico with the emotion of having participated in a historic act in the heart of the Latin American nation. Congratulations to our #FAR in the glorious anniversary of its foundation', wrote the head of State in his account @Diaz-CanelB.

After arriving from Mexico, Diaz-Canel expressed Cuba's interest to reinforce and expand relations with that country, which he described as strategic for the Caribbean island.

Lopez Obrador assumed yesterday the presidency of Mexico with the promise of fighting corruption, which he considers one of the worst problems affecting all the social establishment.

On SDecember 2, 1956, arrived to beach Las Coloradas, eastern province of Granma, the 82 expeditioners led by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Coming from Mexico, those youths would give continuation to the armed insurrection against the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista. In honor to that action, that day of 1961 wwerwe borbn the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), basic military institution of the Cuban State.

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Cuba's President for Expanding Relations with Mexico

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel who is here for the presidential inauguration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador this Saturday voiced his government's interest in expanding relations with Mexico, a country he described as strategic for the island.

At a meeting with diplomats at the Cuban Embassy, Diaz-Canel said he would tell Lopez Obrador Cuba's willingness to widen economic and trade links, as well as the historical bonds connecting the two nations. He will convey the incoming dignitary Havana's readiness to push forward the ideal of an integrated Latin America and Caribbean.

The Statesman spoke of the arduous efforts Cuba is doing amidst growing hardships due to Donald Trump administration's hardening the economic, commercial and financial blockade, specially reinforcing its persecution to deprive the island of financial resources and thus damaging third countries and companies.

He also highlighted as a clear show of participatory democracy the popular consultation in which 8 million Cubans openly debated the draft of the new Constitution. He said only a few of the original paragraphs were left without changes. The Parliament has been summoned for December 21 to assess proposals and put the amended draft to a vote.

Diaz-Canel also referred to the executive's strategy to bring the government to the people with visits to provinces and municipalities, like the one he has just finished in Eastern Cuba before traveling to Mexico. Accompanied by 11 ministers and other high ranking officials, the President toured the province of Guantanamo.

'Officials should come out of their offices and come in touch with people, see their problems first hand', he stressed.

The President traveled to Mexico accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez; the delegation was welcomed by Lazaro Cardenas, grandson of former president bearing the same name who was a close friend of Cuba. Lazaro Cardenas is chief of advisors to Lopez Obrador who will be Mexico's president for the next six years.

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Cuban President Led Vigil to Honor Fidel Castro

Havana, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended the vigil held at Havana University to pay tribute to Fidel Castro on the second anniversary of his death, one of the many events celebrated across the island to remember the historical leader of the Cuban revolution.

Under the theme 'Always Fidel', the vigil last night at the steps leading to the University where Fidel studied and became a revolutionary was mostly attended by young men and women.

Addressing the huge crowd that gathered for the commemoration, the second secretary of the Young Communist Union (UJC), Ronald Hidalgo, said that during the two years since Fidel passed away, his statute has grown, his ideas have multiplied and his legacy has become ever more necessary.

Artists from several genres performed at the event to remember the late Cuban leader with songs, poems and dances. The tribute gala was followed up by a vigil at the nearby university stadium Juan Abrahantes that went on until the early hours of Sunday. Among other actions to remember Fidel, the UJC held voluntary work, workshops, photo exhibitions and the screening of documentary films.

The tribute to Fidel Castro goes on this Sunday in other provinces, like in Santiago de Cuba, where residents will come to Santa Ifigenia cemetery to lay flowers at the monolith in which the leader's ashes are kept.

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President Diaz-Canel Highlights Work of Cuban Doctors in Brazil

Havana, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel has rated the work of Cuban doctors in Brazil as dignified, professional and altruistic, after Havana announced Wednesday it will no longer participate in the More Doctors for Brazil Program.

In a tweet in his account @DiazCanelB, the Statesman requested respect for the service of the health professionals, after president-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their work and uttered contemptuous and threatening remarks against their presence in Brazil.

The Cuban Health Ministry announced Wednesday it will no longer go ahead with the More Doctors for Brazil Program, following harsh conditioning Bolsonaro said it would enforce on the Cuban doctors.

In a release, the Ministry adds its decision was first conveyed to the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Brazilian political leaders that founded and defended the health initiative that provided medical care to Brazilians particularly low income and poor people, even in jungle areas.

It stresses Bolsonaro had made contemptuous, threatening remarks to the presence of Cuban doctors and insisted he would changed the terms and conditions of the Program in open disrespect to PAHO and its agreement with Cuba.

The Health Ministry further rejected the president-elect's questioning of the doctors' professionalism and conditioning their work in Brazil to revalidating their medical degree.

Such conditions are unacceptable and ignore the warranties agreed upon since the start of the Program, which were ratified in 2016 by PAHO, the Health Ministry of Brazil and the Cooperation Agreement between PAHO and the Cuban Public Health Ministry, the release states.

It recalls the initiative that was first launched by then President Dilma Rousseff in 2013 guaranteed medical care to a broad section of the Brazilian population, in tune with PAHO's principle of universal health coverage.

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Cuban President Concludes Transit Visit to UK

London, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Wednesday ended a transit visit to the United Kingdom, as the culmination of his first tour of Europe and Asia after taking office in April.

Diaz-Canel arrived in London on Monday from Laos, his last stopover in a tour that started in France, with a brief visit, and continued in Russia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, China and Vietnam.

During his stay in London, Diaz-Canel was welcomed by several local officials and met with representatives of the British Cuba solidarity movement and from the Cuban Embassy here.

He noted his meeting with British Finance Minister Philip Hammond, who is considered the second most important figure in the British Government, with who he reviewed the state of bilateral relations.

On his Twitter account, Diaz-Canel recalled Hammond's visit to Cuba in 2016, when he was the British secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

'It was the first official visit by a British foreign minister to our country since 1958,' Diaz-Canel underlined on Twitter.

The president of the Councils of State and of Ministers also met with executives from a score of British companies that are members of the Cuba Initiative, an organization that was created in 1995 to boost trade between the two countries.

When inaugurating the forum at a hotel in London, the British co-president of the Cuba Initiative, Lord David Triesman, welcomed the statesman, 'the first Cuban president who visits my country and my hometown,' he noted.

Lord Triesman, who was the British Foreign minister in the 1990s, expressed commitment to relaunch economic and commercial relations with Cuba.

In that line, he announced the holding in Havana, in the late first semester of 2019, of a meeting of the Cuba Initiative, one of three organizations that are affiliated to the Caribbean Council.

After thanking the members of that entrepreneurial committee for attending the meeting, Diaz-Canel pointed out that the creation of that institution marked the beginning of a different relationship between Cuba and the United Kingdom.

In addition, it built a bridge in cooperation and collaboration and a legacy that no one can deny, he stressed.

According to Diaz-Canel, there are grounds today that guarantee the continuity and development of that project, because we know each other and we know the obstacles and adversities to be overcome, he added.

'I think that all grounds and all possibilities exist for us to reach a new stage. A stage in which we will work with more intensity, the Cuban president underlined.

Diaz-Canel took advantage of the meeting with the Cuba Initiative to repeat his Government's will to continue to work for the development of economic, commercial and cooperation ties with its British counterpart.

He noted that Cuba expects a growth that will guarantee the main social gains achieved after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.

However, he charged that the lengthy blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba is the biggest obstacle to the development of Cuban-British ties, due to the extraterritorial nature of the Washington-imposed sanctions.

On Tuesday, Diaz-Canel met with members of the Solidarity with Cuba Campaign and trade union leaders, whom he expressed gratitude for their friendship and affection during these nearly 60 years of the revolutionary process. He told the representatives of the solidarity movement that his transit in the United Kingdom became a working visit, obviously alluding to the busy agenda that he had in this European country.

At his meeting with Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Diaz-Canel reviewed the ties between the British social-democratic organization and the Communist Party of Cuba and verified the good state of relations between the two States.

He also met with Baroness Angela Smith of Basildone and with a group of British parliamentarians.

Diaz-Canel also met with Karen Lee, who is the coordinator of the Multi-Party Group for Cuba at the House of Commons.

He shared reflections with British politicians at the Westminster Palace.

During his tight agenda, the Cuban head of State paid tribute on Wednesday to Karl Marx at the Highgate Cemetery, in London, where the remains of the German philosopher, who is considered one of the greatest thinkers in history, are buried.

The president laid a wreath at the tomb of the communist intellectual on behalf of the Cuban people. Later, he described Marx as one of the most influential figures in the history of humankind on his Twitter account.

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Cuban President Pays Tribute to Karl Marx in London

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute to Karl Marx today at the London cemetery in Highgate where the remains of the German philosopher rest.

The president of the island, who makes a transit visit to the United Kingdom after an international tour, visited on Wednesday the grave of one of the fathers of scientific socialism, considered one of the great thinkers of history, in the famed cemetery of the British capital.

Before his headstone, a pedestal of two meters high in the shape of a cube that holds an effigy of the philosopher who revolutionized the world, the Cuban head of state deposited a bouquet of flowers in the name of the Cuban people.

'We pay tribute to one of the great thinkers of humanity, Karl Marx, before his grave in the Highgate cemetery, in the year of the bicentennial of his birth and the 135th anniversary of his physical disappearance', the dignitary wrote in his account of the social network Twitter.

The members of the delegation accompanying the president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba also placed flowers before the slab of one who is also seen as one of the fathers of scientific socialism, Marxism and historical materialism.

The headstone of Marx has inscribed a recorded message: 'Proletarians of all countries, unite', present in the last line of the Communist Manifesto, one of his best known works and written with his close friend Friedrich Engels.

Also it appears the phrase of the Thesis XI on Feuerbach (edited by Engels): The philosophers have only interpreted the world of different ways, but of what treats is to transform it.

Marx and Engels laid the foundations of scientific socialism and Marxism through the examination of history and its transformation.

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Cuban President's Tour: Reunion with Friends of all Time

Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam and Laos, five visits to those countries of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, cemented in just two weeks old and valuable relations, confirming that times pass, but the real ones friends are left.

Almost like a road map, Díaz-Canel used his Twitter account to report the main incidents in each nation and his impressions about a journey aimed at ratifying 'the continuity of the Revolution and thanks for the solidarity that fuels our resistance'.

The Cuban president made a brief stop in France, where he met with the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, and with the Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.

From there he traveled on Friday 2 to Russia, where he held official talks with his counterpart from that country, Vladimir Putin.

He also met with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, the headlines of the Duma (Lower House), Vyacheslav Volodin, and the Senate, Valentina Matvienko, the communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russians Kiril.

At the end of their stay in Moscow, Diaz-Canel and Putin signed a joint statement in which they reaffirmed the strategic partnership between their countries, condemned the interventionism and advocated a multi-polar world.

The visit left the balance of the agreement of a greater participation of Russia in projects related to energy, transport, pharmaceutical, metallurgy, culture and humanities.

At the start of the Asian leg of his tour, the Cuban president arrived at noon on Sunday 4 to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), where he received a massive popular reception at the airport and the main avenues of Pyongyang.

In addition to holding official talks with the chairman of the State Committee of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, Diaz-Canel met more than once with him and renewed the friendship between the two nations.

Our relations are historical and are based on mutual respect and admiration, founded on the friendship of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and the great leader Kim Il-sung, he said.

The Cuban president also met with the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and with Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju.

The respective delegations signed cooperation agreements in areas such as tourism, education and public health.

When he left, he wrote in his Twitter account: 'The delegation of #Cuba says goodbye to the beautiful # RepúbicaPopularDemocráticaDeCorea, to which we thank their unwavering condemnation of the blockade, a cruel and unjust policy that also suffers the Korean people for sanctions against their government #NoMasBlock '.

In China, Díaz-Canel attended the first International Exposition of Imports in Shanghai, attended by more than three thousand local and foreign companies.

In the Asian giant he was received by President Xi Jinping; Prime Minister Li Keqiang; and the President of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Li Zhanshu.

After the official talks, the parties signed agreements to increase production capacity in prioritized collaboration projects and the granting of a Chinese loan that will support the acquisition of construction equipment for the renewable energy and tourism sectors, among others.

Diaz-Canel arrived in Vietnam almost at midnight on Thursday 8 and the following day held official talks with the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President of this country, Nguyen Phu Trong, who imposed the Order of Ho Chi Minh.

The two presidents also witnessed the signing of the trade agreement that over the next few years will govern the operations of the two countries in this area.

In Hanoi, Diaz-Canel was also received by the Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and the head of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

On Saturday 10, he traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam and its main economic, industrial and financial center, and from there he flew directly to the neighboring Lao People's Democratic Republic (RDPL).

In Vientiane held official talks with the president and general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, Bounnhang Vorachith.

Both also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Education and Sports of the RDPL and the National Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation of the Antillean nation.

Members of its delegations also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Bank of the RDPL and the Central Bank of Cuba.

Diaz-Canel also met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and the head of the National Assembly, Pany Yathotou.

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Cuba's President Arrives in Laos

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in the Lao People''s Democratic Republic on Saturday to attend an invitation from this country's President, Bounnhang Vorachit.

It is the second time that the Cuban Head of State visits this Asian country, with which bilateral diplomatic relations have existed since November 1974.

Since then, the two countries have helped and supported each other and contributed to improving cooperation between the two governments and peoples.

Prior to the arrival of the Cuban dignitary, Laotian press media announced their visit in great headlines and some published extensive biographies.

The presence of Diaz-Canel in Laos is part of a tour of countries in Europe and Asia.

He previously made a brief stopover in France and official visits to Russia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, China and Vietnam.

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