Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel sends condolences to Guatemala for deaths caused by volcano

Havana, June 6 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has sent his condolences to the government and people of Guatemala for the loss of human life and the damage caused by the volcanic eruptions of the Volcán Fuego. 

In a message sent to Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, the head of state of the island extended his condolences to the relatives of the victims. 

The eruption of the Fuego volcano is affecting the southern department of Escuintla, where dozens of deaths are reported. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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Cuban President Urges to Keep Watch on Climate Events

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called on today to keep watch and preventive measures to avoid damages due to climatic events, after the heavy rains that hit the west and center of the country.

In a meeting with the authorities of the hit territories, the president insisted on not dismantling the actions carried out in response to the rains of the second half of May -associated with the subtropical storm Alberto- before the start on June 1 of the hurricane season, which runs until November 30.

Diaz-Canel indicated to generalize the experiences derived from the storm that left human and material losses, damages that were particularly severe in the central provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus, where floods of rivers, overflowed dams and affectations to the electrical service were reported.

The Cuban President also urged to restore services as soon as possible and to overcome the impact of heavy rainfall.

At the meeting, ministers and heads of institutions presented the situation by sectors and heard indications from the head of State.

According to the Public Health Minister Roberto Morales most of the affected medical facilities have already been restored, while the Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo reported on measures to gradually return that sector to normal.

For his part, the head of the National General Staff of Civil Defense, Major General Ramon Pardo, said that the rains associated with the subtropical storm forced the evacuation of 62,000 people.

Pardo reiterated in the meeting the importance of complying with the measures established at different levels to prevent and face disaster risks.

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Raúl receives Díaz-Canel

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, this morning May 30, received Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Prersident of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, at José Martí International Airport, who was returning from a state visit to Venezuela.

During his stay in the sister nation, Diaz-Canel completed a busy work agenda that included an official visit with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who awarded him the “Liberatores y Libertadoras” Order in the first degree.

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Cuban President Recognizes Art as a Means to Forge Respect

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted the power of art and culture to forge relationships of respect when exchanging with artists who participated in recent events in Peru and the United States.

According to the president, during the People's Summit held last April in Peru it was demonstrated that there is a force capable of uniting Cubans: the identity; and it is time to defend it because in the world some try to fracture it in order to manipulate the history.

Artistic directors such as Elito Revé and Pepe Ordaz told how they performed in Lima, in the context of the celebration of the Summit, to defend their people there through music.

The Cuban president said that the presentations in Peru and the Festival Artes de Cuba that takes place since May 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, prove that art is an irreplaceable space for communication between peoples. In the meeting with artists, held on Wednesday at the cultural center La Plaza, Diaz-Canel considered that the events put to the test the effectiveness of the Cuban system of artistic education and valued the role of art as a bridge builder, his contribution to mutual respect and peace, despite the differences.

The dancer, director, and choreographer Irene Rodríguez celebrated the excellent reception of the American public that awarded the artists with extensive standing ovations, while the singer and composer Zule Guerra highlighted the shared spirituality, good energy and great joy around the festival.

To her surprise, many people sang with them Feeling themes and Latin American Boleros.

The best way for the American people to know who Cubans are is to enjoy our art, said Lele Rosales, singer of the iconic orchestra Los Van Van.

The prejudices fell to the floor, the musicians believed that they were going to play in a very serious event, and when they saw people standing ready to move to the beat of the rhythm, the show overflowed with joy, because Cubans are like that, the artist said.

The members of the Miguel Faílde Orchestra assured that at the Kennedy Center Danzón was danced and they praised a group of casineros (dancers of the casino-style) existing in Washington and composed of people from different countries.

The event combines the different arts and visual arts was represented by works of Roberto Diago, Manuel Mendive, and Roberto Fabelo, contemporary dance by the company Malpaso, the theater by plays directed by Carlos Díaz and Carlos Celdrán, among other artists and events.

Artes of Cuba festival in the US capital will conclude on June 3 with presentations from the National Ballet of the Caribbean country, led by the legendary Alicia Alonso.

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Cuba united in grief

The Cuban people and authorities have mobilized to provide victims’ loved ones with all the support at this difficult time - Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, participated in the last day of the Response to Disasters Popular Exercise, Meteoro 2018. 

- Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, participated in the last day of the Response to Disasters Popular Exercise, Meteoro 2018.

- The Cuban President recognized the capacity of the Civil Defense System and the popular participation in these events, as well as the high level of preparedness shown.

- Díaz-Canel highlighted the solidarity shown by the Cuban people to the relatives of victims of the plane crash in Havana, Friday, May 18, and the will to create the conditions to attend to them.

- He noted that the Meteoro 2018 exercise allowed for the updating of plans regarding the measures to be adopted in disaster situations, based on the experiences following Hurricane Irma.

- Díaz-Canel, together with the Second Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, José Ramón Machado Ventura, and Party and government authorities of Havana, visited on Saturday, May 19, the relatives of the victims of the plane crash.

- It is important that they know they are not alone, the Party and the government supports them, stated Salvador Valdés Mesa, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, in a meeting with the loved ones of the victims of the air disaster.

- A total of 113 people were onboard the aircraft, 58 female and 55 male. Six were Mexican crew members and 107 passengers. Of the latter, 102 were Cuban citizens, three were foreign tourists (two Argentines and one Mexican), and two Saharans with temporary residency in Cuba. 110 people died.

- The three survivors, who have been identified, have highly complex injuries. They are in a critical condition and the prognosis is guarded, but they are being attended by a highly specialized team.

- At press time, the remains of 33 of the victims had been identified.

- The relatives of the Mexican crew have traveled to Cuba. The same procedure was followed with them as with the other relatives: biological samples were taken and interviews conducted as part of the detailed information collection process.

- The Ambassador of Mexico to Cuba, together with the victims’ relatives, traveled to the Institute of Legal Medicine, and ratified his confidence in Cuba in this type of work.

- The commission created to investigate the case is rigorously following protocol, according to the established norms.

- The aircraft’s black box was recovered and is in a good condition. Data is still being sought, explained Adel Yzquierdo Rodríguez, minister of transport.

- “We are now proceeding to collect the aggregate data that, although impaired, maintains its configuration and permits revision in secure airport institutions. From there, specialists will start work on each of the systems,” stated Armando L. Daniel López, president of Cuban Civil Aeronautics Institute and the commission created to investigate the accident.

- Two Mexican investigators are working at the site of the accident, as the plane was registered to Mexico, and European and U.S. experts are also expected to arrive, the latter representing the manufacturers of the Boeing 737-200 aircraft.

- Heads of State, personalities and citizens around the world have voiced their solidarity with the Cuban people following the tragedy.

Raul Castro and Cuban President Congratulate Nicolas Maduro

Cuban leader Raul Castro and President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated today Venezuela''s newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on his victory in Sunday''s presidential elections.

In his message, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba sent warm congratulations and stressed that 'the Venezuelan people have once again shown their loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution'.

For his part, Diaz-Canel reaffirmed the solidarity of the Cuban Revolution with the Venezuelan people in the new challenges to face.

'The Bolivarian and Chavista people have once again demonstrated their determination to defend the legacy of Chavez, which you so gracefully represent,' said the Cuban president in his letter to Maduro published on Twitter by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

This Sunday,the Venezuelan president received more than six million votes, representing about 68 percent of the vote, a situation which will keep him in office until 2025.

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Raúl Castro and Miguel Díaz-Canel preside over May Day Rally in Havana

Cuban leader Raul Castro and President Miguel Diaz-Canel are heading today the massive popular rally for the International Workers’ Day at the Revolution Square in Havana.

Accompanying the leaders in the platform located before the monument to Cuban National Hero José Martí, are other top officials of the Government and the Communist Party of Cuba, as well as personalities, intellectuals, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in the island and union leaders and activists of several countries.

Hundreds of thousands of people rally here in front of the Revolution Square and millions are expected to do so in the 15 provinces of the largest Antillean island, under the slogan ‘Unity, Commitment and Victory’, the same launched by the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC) for its 21st Congress.

In recent statements, CTC Secretary General Ulises Guilarte, affirmed that popular mobilization constitutes a show of support for the Revolution, the new leadership of the country and the historical generation that for decades has led the social justice project that began on
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Mariano Rajoy Congratulates New Cuban President

The head of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, today congratulated the recently appointed Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, whom he wished success in his new responsibility, and highlighted the relations between the two countries.

In a telegram sent to Diaz-Canel, Rajoy conveyed his 'most sincere congratulations and wishes to succeed' in his assumption to 'the highest post in the Republic of Cuba', in reference to his designation as the head of the Councils of States and of Ministers.

'Cuba occupies a special place for Spaniards: we are two brother countries, members of the same big Ibero-American family, united by strong historic ties and friendship,' the Spanish president noted.

In addition, he underlined that the Cuban people can always count on a sincere and loyal friend in the Spanish people. 'I expect that in this new stage that opens, Cuba succeeds in overcoming the challenges that it faces and achieves the prosperity, peace and well-being that we wish it so much,' concluded the text, published by the Palace of La Moncloa, the venue of the Spanish Executive.

Diaz-Canel was elected the Cuban president last Thursday, at a session of the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament).

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