Díaz-Canel celebrates peace reigning in Angola

LUANDA, Angola.— Upon his arrival to this capital city for the inauguration of recently elected President Joao Lourenço, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez described the country's development as incredible, saying that this was indicative of how much peace was needed.

The First Vice President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers was received at the airport by Cándido Pereira van Dunem, minister of Former Combatants.

After expressing his impression of how beautiful Luanda appeared at night from the air, he thanked his hosts for the invitation, in the name of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, as well. He explained that the intense pace of work underway to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Irma prevented the Cuban President from attending the inauguration.

Van Dunem, for his part, said that Díaz-Canel should feel at home, while reaffirming the country's desire to further expand relations with Cuba.

Díaz-Canel arrived yesterday, September 25, at 9:00 pm local time, and will stay through Thursday. He is among dignitaries invited to attend the ceremony during which José Eduardo dos Santos will transfer the Presidency to Lourenço, who won the August 23 elections with 61% of the vote.

Díaz-Canel will pay tribute to the country's first President and founding father of Angola, Antonio Agostinho Neto; to Cuban Comandante Raúl Díaz Argüelles (killed here by a mine in 1975); and the heroes of the Battle of Kifangondo, which took place one day before the country declared its independence, November 11, 1975.

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Cuban Intellectuals Analyze Cultural Policy Implementation

Havana, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Council of Cuban intellectuals analyzed challenges the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) has ahead and the implementation of the island''s cultural policy, Granma newspaper reports today.

The successes and weaknesses of UNEAC's work were critically discussed at the meeting that concluded yesterday with the presence of First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto. The gathering served for intellectuals to express their criteria on the work done in different territories and fields of art.

At the meeting in the National Museum of Fine Arts, UNEAC President, Miguel Barnet presented a report that transcended the current direction and challenges of the organization, which plays a preponderant role in the update and implementation of Cuban cultural policy.

Diaz-Canel acknowledged that the organization has systematically worked to fulfill the agreements reached at its 8th Congress, and emphasized that the commissions worked actively and followed the main issues of ideological and cultural scope.

He also noted that the work of UNEAC rests on two fundamental elements: the proper functioning of cultural institutions, and the contribution of the artistic avant-garde.

If there is not an adequate functioning, the institutions become fractured and then it takes a lot of work for UNEAC to develop its role. The best ideology that can be developed in culture is that institutions, in these times, work well, said the first Cuban vice president.

The meeting was the first of its kind in the current year and the fifth of that institutional structure.

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Diaz-Canel Stresses Nicaragua's Social and Economic Achievements

Managua, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stressed the social and economic achievements of Nicaragua, after arriving in Managua today to participate in the celebrations for the 37th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution. "As a result of the Sandinista Front led by Commander Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua is today a free, sovereign and independent, peaceful, anti-imperialist country. It has achieved significant social and economic successes," Diaz-Canel told the press at Managua airport.

The Cuban first vice president stated that he was very happy to be in Nicaragua celebrating 37 years of revolution and victory alongside the people and the government .

"Nicaragua and Cuba are united by strong historical ties of brotherhood and cooperation and Ortega is a key figure in the history of this Central American nation," he said.

"Ortega has been loyal to the legacy of the Sandinista Front, and I think that every time the victory of the Sandinista Revolution is celebrated with the Sandinista government and with Daniel leading the government, we are also paying a tribute to the history of Sandino, Carlos Fonseca and all the fighters who fought for the independence of Nicaragua," he said.

Diaz-Canel leads a delegation consisting of Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, and the Cuban ambassador to Nicaragua, Eduardo Martinez.

Representatives from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Vietnam and Venezuela, among others, have also arrived in the country.

The festivities began early today and the main event will be held in the afternoon.

The event will be led by Ortega and the coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo.

On July 19th, 1979, the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) ended the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the last of that family who held power. Since then, the FSLN have promoted a series of important changes in the country.

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Int'l Symposium on Cuban Revolution Concludes

The international symposium "The Cuban Revolution: Genesis and historical development," concludes today after three days of intensive discussions on this stage, which according to experts, is known but it has been little studied.

About 70 researchers, historians, sociologists, political scientists and other experts from more than 20 countries are meeting at the Havana's Conference Center, to exchange on issues related to the history of the island during the last 60 years, of which there is little documentation.

An exceptional moment of the meeting was the keynote speech given yesterday by Brazilian theologian, Frei Betto, to which Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, attended.

Betto warned on the need to train new generations, feeling part of the Cuban Revolution.

Speaking to the press, Betto rejected the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States to Cuba, while he considered the restrictions suffered in this country as a factor of resistance of the Cuban people.

Issues such as Cuban cooperation with Angola; internationalism, foreign policy of the Revolution, and medical cooperation with African countries, were under discussion during the event.

In addition, the working committees delved into the roots of the revolutionary process; history, heritage and science; the national liberation process in the 50s of last century, and the political-military strategy of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Some of the social impacts generated by the current transformations in Cuba, the external view of these changes, and the institutional development in the so-called special period, were debated in panels.

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Diaz-Canel Receives Foreign Minister of United Arab Emirates

Havana, Cuba, Oct 6.- The First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel, received His highness Sheik Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, who is on an official visit to Cuba.

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Cuba and China Relations Are at a High Level, Diaz-Canel

Political, commercial and economic relations between Cuba and China are at a high level, said here today the first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Caribbean country, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

In statements to Prensa Latina minutes before leaving this ancient nation, the Cuban vice president expressed his satisfaction at having participated in events to celebrate the Day of Victory of China on September 3.

We had a commitment to participation, representation in our people in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the end of the world anti-fascist war, he said.

Diaz-Canel considered that the fact of having participated in the military parade is a very important to better understand the history of this people and the reality of that stage that must be present in memory of the present world opportunity.

Both the parade and the speech given by President Xi Jinping are two events that had an impact and universal and significant impact at a time when it makes a call to peace in the world to achieve a different international order, he said.

In taking stock of his brief stay in this country, he said that along with the accompanying delegation, displayed an intense schedule also evaluating aspects of the bilateral relationship.

We have tried to global issues in which we have a convergence of views, we have reviewed the entire framework of cooperation, especially the involvement of the Chinese government in a group of programs that we have projected for 2016/2020, he said.

In conclusion considered that the status of both political and commercial and economic links between Beijing and Havana are at a high point.

We are very satisfied and I also want to recognize all the love to the Cuban

people, our leaders and our government, we have received by the population and the Chinese government during our stay here, finalized.

Diaz-Canel also visited the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression just hours of his arrival in the capital, where he was received by Vice President Li Yuanchao, and Premier Li Keqiang on the anniversary 55 the establishment of the Cuba-China ties.

The high level delegation includes Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra and the Ambassador of Cuba in this country Alberto Blanco.

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Diaz-Canel Heads May Day Celebrations in Santiago de Cuba

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, May 1 (acn) The member of the Politburo of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) and First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel, heads in this city on Friday celebrations for May Day.

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