Diaz-Canel makes government visit to Ciego de Ávila

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel is touring Ciego de Ávila's centers of economic and social interest as part of a government visit to the province.

Diaz-Canel began his tour of the tourist destination Jardines del Rey, formed by Coco and Guillermo Keys, where there are currently 8,640 hotel rooms in operation, distributed in 22 accommodation facilities, including 18 hotels.

There, Sergio Ramón Ricaño Pérez, government representative of the Cuban northern keys, from Villa Clara to Camagüey, explained to him about the development of the hotel program approved by the Council of Ministers until 2030.

Given the president's interest in knowing how Ciego de Avila is to assume the winter season, or high tourism season, Iyolexis Correa, delegate of the Minister of the sector in the province, explained that it is working on the recovery of about 900 rooms mainly on decks, affected after the passage of Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Alberto.

Díaz Canel called to take care of the quality of the works that are made so that the services are not affected and to avoid unnecessary expenses to the country, he was also interested in how the province supplies to the tourism.

The delegate of the branch specified that this season arrive at the destination five flights less than in the previous one, but already are confirmed two new arrivals from Russia and an operation of Poland.

In the working visit that Diaz-Canel makes to Ciego de Avila he is accompanied by several ministers and authorities of the province. (ACN)

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Diaz-Canel: Cultural Development, Not Art Commodification

"We have to defend cultural development and artistic creation from banalities that some try to impose from the outside,” said Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

During the closing ceremony of the 1st National Conference of the Culture Workers’ Union, the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called for clarity to distinguish between creativity and the commodification of art, as he claims sectors of society are aiming for the latter.

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“We have to defend cultural development and artistic creation from banalities, vulgarities and paradigms that some try to impose from the outside,” said Diaz-Canel.“ And that can be achieved from dialogue, debate, discourse.”

The president said there is people trying to do everything possible to keep government away from culture, especially those opposing the revolution, when discussing issues. He warned there’s a growing tendency of speaking about ‘art consumption; trying to turn art into a commodity and putting personal enrichment before the development of authenticity.

“#CubaIsCulture. For an emancipatory platform in defense of our history, our culture and our identity against the attempts to impose the capitalist and neoliberal restauration on us. #Cuba #WereCuba”

Diaz-Canel warned about the risks of culture homogenization through rupture of the people’s historic memory, the negation of its history and identity, by perverse and alienating content. He called for an artistic emancipatory platform to defend Cuba’s identity and highlighted the Revolution’s cultural policy, emanating from Fidel’s discussions with artists and intellectuals, and its achievements such as the literacy campaigns, artistic teaching systems, events and arts’ development.

“History has shown us that the only answer to face that circumstance is unity, and cultural debate must first defend unity and I think we can achieve that,” he concluded.

The Cuban president also reminded the public about the harm that the U.S. blockade, the most comprehensive of any country in modern history, has done to the island, calling it "the greatest obstacle for development in Cuba."

The conference started on Thursday with the aim to discuss the cultural environment of the island as well as internal matters. A new 11-member National Committee was announced and Nereyda Lopez Labrada was ratified as the union’s secretary general.

Lopez Labrada said the country’s cultural policy has always been the unity between culture and liberty, and highlighted their responsibility in building Cuba’s future.

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Cuban President Wound Up Visit to UN, New York

United Nations, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel wound up on Sunday his busy agenda at the United Nations and New York City and flew back home.

At the UN and NYC he addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the General Assembly and held meetings with world leaders, US politicians and business people, Cuban emigrees and American friends of Cuba.

Diaz-Canel lashed out at the long standing US policy of economic, financial and trade blockade against Cuba, and criticized industrialized nations for their lack of willingness to help eradicate poverty and hunger around the world.

The Cuban Statesman also attended a high level meeting on nuclear disarmament where he stressed that stop developing, producing and proliferating nuclear weapons become imperative and called for the destruction of existing atomic arsenals.

He supported the right of Palestinians as well as Saharauis to an independent State and backed the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela. He denounced so-called soft coups in South America and demanded former Brazilian President Inacio Lula Da Silva's freedom.

The Cuban dignitary asked for a halt of the war imposed on Syria and advocated for a negotiated solution of the conflict.

Diaz-Canel was welcomed at Columbia University, visited sites of historic interest in New York City like the National History Museum and the 9/11 Memorial, and paid tribute Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Cuban independent fighter's bronze monument.

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Cuba Will Denounced at UN US Economic Blockade, Said Diaz-Canel

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel who is already in New York for the UN General Assembly will denounce what he termed as ''US aberrant policy of blockade'' imposed on Cuba for over 55 years.

'It's a failed policy and it will continue to fail,' stressed the Statesman who arrived in New York for taking part for the first time at the UN General Assembly that is holding its 73rd period of sessions.

Diaz-Canel remarked that the blockade on Cuba is the longest ever in the history of humanity, adding it has punished generations of Cubans born before and after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.

In statements to the Cuban media covering the General Assembly, Diaz-Canel mentioned his visit is taking place at times when relations with the US are moving back due to Donald Trump administration's measures.

Washington's cold war rhetoric has revived the Monroe doctrine, therefore it is an administration with which it is hard to advance relations between equals, the President pointed out.

Despite differences, Cuba is seeking to maintain civilized relations with Washington, he added.

'We have brought though a message of peace and friendship from our people, their wish and aspirations of building a better world and contributing as a small country a modest effort to that endeavor. We are sure it is possible,' he stressed.

Diaz-Canel is the third Cuban president to attend the UN General Assembly. Prior to him, Fidel Castro and then Raul Castro did it.

The President is accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, Communication Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo and Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno.

General Director of the US Office at the Foreign Ministry Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, Cuban representative to the UN Anayansi Rodriguez and Ambassador to the US Jose Ramón Cabañas are also making up the Cuban delegation.

For 27 years Cuba has successfully brought to the General Assembly its resolution demanding the full lifting of the US economic, financial and trade blockade. It's demand has received growing support along the years. In 2017, 191 of the Assembly's 193 members voted in favor. Only the US and Israel voted against.

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Cuban President to New York for UN Debate

Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Army General Raul Castro met Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who left on Sunday for New York to participate in the general debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

In the farewell at the International Airport 'Jose Marti' was also present José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretaries of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

The president heads the delegation of the island to the activities in the international organization, which is also integrated by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez; Ministers of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz and Communications, Jorge Luis Perdomo.

According to an official report, the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Abelardo Moreno, is also part of the delegation; the director general of the United States of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío; Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez, Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and José Ramón Cabañas, ambassador of Cuba Washington.

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Cuban President Met US Senator Robert Corker

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel received the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, Robert Corker, who is on a working visit with two of his legislative assistants.

At the meeting on Thursday evening the two men talked of bilateral relations and issues of common interest, it was officially reported.

The chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy, Mara Teckach, accompanied the republican legislator from the State of Tennessee.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and the general director of the US Office at the Foreign Ministry Carlos Fernandez also attended the meeting.

This is Senator Corker's second visit to Cuba.

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Díaz-Canel: The revolutionary government has a duty to the people

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, claimed that the revolutionary government has a duty to the people, on the occasion of his government visit to Pinar del Rio province, in which productive and educational sectors have been key for its development.

He highlighted the franc exchange with the local population, which has stated deficiencies, especially in transportation, aqueduct and housing.

During his visit to the “Hermanos Saíz Montes de Oca” University of Pinar del Rio, the president specified that the government hopes to continue this type of systematic contact to help “unblock” problems.

Accompanied in his tours by members of the Council of Ministers, the head of state stressed on the importance to organize and plan the work better geared at resolving difficulties and dissatisfactions in a shorter term, and referred to the existing talent among the population to face the problems.

He explained that this type of work allows each ministry to work more closely with territorial authorities, and thus, to strengthen the relation between the central government and the provinces.

On Wednesday night, Díaz-Canel participated in the debate of the Draft Constitution held in the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) 3 and 9 of Constituency 175, in “Hermanos Cruz” Popular Council, in the city of Pinar del Rio, where he highlighted the respect for every citizen’s opinions in the process of dialogues at all levels.

The president referred there have been much wisdom whenever an article is discussed, especially thinking on “what we are going to leave young people”.

“We’re contributing to the way in which we should implement the Constitution and the scope of the future laws”, stated Díaz-Canel at the meeting characterized by the franc exchange among people of all ages, a demonstration of the interest of the population to see its suggestions reflected on the Magna Carta.

Some 7,780 meetings are scheduled in this Cuba’s westernmost province, since so far 936 have been held, and according to official data, the most recurring approaches have dealt with marriage and the president’s term of office.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Cuba's President Congratulates Vietnam for Independence Day

Hanoi, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) On the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Vietnam's independence, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel sent his congratulatory message to Tran Dai Quang on behalf of the government and the people of the island.

I encourage the occasion to confirm our decision to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship, brotherhood and cooperation between both countries, stressed the Cuban leader.

A similar letter was sent by the Caribbean nation's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, to his Vietnamese counterpart and Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Binh Minh.

I cordially congratulate you for the 73rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam, and I reaffirm the willingness to continue strengthening friendship and solidarity among our peoples, he wrote.

Leaders from many other countries also sent congratulatory messages to the Communist Party, the State, the Government and the Vietnamese people on the occasion of the date.

Vietnam celebrates its National Day on September 2 because on that date in 1945 its first president, Ho Chi Minh, read in the Ba Dinh Square in the capital the Declaration of Independence against defeated French colonialism.

But the selfless Southeast Asian nation had yet to fight for another 30 years and offer the lives of millions of its children to defeat the U.S. troops invasion and achieve the reunification of the country.

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