Diaz-Canel attends opening of FIHAV 2019

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended today the opening of the 37th edition of the Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2019, held at Expocuba fairgrounds, in Havana.

He was accompanied by the vice president of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas; the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, and other members of the Cuban Government and businessmen.

More than 55 countries attend the fair which will run until next Friday. (ACN)

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Raul, Diaz-Canel and Maduro participate in the closing ceremony of Solidarity Encounter

Havana, November 3 (RHC)—Cuban Communist Party leader, Raúl Castro Ruz, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and Venezuela´s President Nicolas Maduro attended Sunday the closing of the Anti-Imperialist Encounter of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism held in Havana.

With chants of "Chavez and Fidel live on," and "Cuba Si Bloqueo No," the ceremony began, which was also attended by Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly and the Council of State, and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, second secretary of the PCC.

The first words of the event were from members of the Network in Defense of Humanity, including former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva:

"The Cuban Revolution is living proof that the period in which ideas play a fundamental role in history has not ended," they said.

The event had the participation of more than 1,300 delegates from 95 countries and was organized by the Cuban Chapter of Social Movements and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP).

María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, vice-president of the Puerto Rican Independence Party read the Final Declaration of the Anti-imperialist Encounter:

"From this solidary Cuba, recognizing the heroic resistance of its people, 1,332 people from 789 organizations of the social and popular movement of solidarity, networks, platforms, parties and intellectuals from 86 countries have exchanged ideas.

"Committed to all just causes, we are living a new moment in history.  The people at the ballot boxes, in the streets, and social networks demonstrate with their votes and their protests the exhaustion of the imperial offensive of the oligarchic right, which with the hand of U.S. imperialism, excludes broad sectors of the population and endangers the human species.

"The people are demonstrating that it is possible to defeat the imperial offensive.  Times of hope are opening up.  Unity is vital and a duty.  Mobilization is a cry for order. Mobilization is an imminent task,” she said.

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Diaz-Canel: A better world is possible, necessary and urgent, let´s fight for it

President Miguel Diaz-Canel assured Sunday that Cuba will always welcome those who defend peace and solidarity and called for an end to the lies wielded by imperialism to dominate the peoples of the world.

"A better world is possible, necessary and urgent. Let's fight for it," he said.

Diaz-Canel delivered the closing remarks to the Anti-imperialist Encounter of Solidarity for Democracy and against Neoliberalism that met in Havana with the attendance of some 1300 delegates from 95 countries.

The Cuban president assured that the attacks of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, will fail against the Cuban and Bolivarian revolutions, the Sao Paulo Forum, the Nicaraguan revolution, the political leadership of the Brazilian, Bolivian and Argentinean left as well as popular and progressive social movements from all over the region.

He said that the tanks of the cultural and symbolic offensive waged by the Empire always march at the vanguard, trying to legitimize the injustices of the capitalist system, disqualifying political alternatives from the left, and trying to destroy the cultural identity of our nations.

Diaz-Canel highlighted the participation in this imperialist strategy of the Reciprocal Assistance Treaty (TIAR) and the Organization of American States, which is consolidating itself as a tool of political pressure from Washington and oligarchies that defend neoliberalism.

The Cuban head of State emphasized that they used lies to encircle Cuba for years, invaded nations, destroyed peoples, and pushed back entire regions from their path to development.

“With colossal and ridiculous lies, imperial forces accuse Cuba, Venezuela and the Sao Paulo Forum of promoting popular uprisings in any corner of the planet while covering their eyes, ears and mouths, so as not to see, not to hear, not to recognize what the people are shouting on the streets: neoliberalism is an economic failure and a social disaster,” he stressed.

Diaz-Canel also referred to the attempts to denigrate the medical, educational and scientific collaboration of Cuba in Venezuela and in other countries, which, he said, is an expression of the humanist essence of the Cuban Revolution.

Turning to the use of social media in the current age of communications, he urged progressive forces to build emancipatory platforms to oppose colonizers and to collect the efforts and energies in pursuit of a better world.

The Cuban president reiterated his support and solidarity with the legitimate president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro; with Commander Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista National Liberation Front of Nicaragua, also under attack.

He congratulated Evo Morales on his electoral triumph in Bolivia, and Alberto, and Cristina Fernández, who open a new hope in Argentina.

In concluding,the Cuban president reaffirmed that the new generation of Cuban leaders, formed and educated by the historic generation, continues to be revolutionary, socialist, loyal and a follower of Jose Marti´s ideals, and he assured that the new leaders will not give up one millimeter in their positions in favor of independence, sovereignty, and social justice.

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Fidel and Bosch, two Caribbean beacons for the world

With the presence of the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the Third International Symposium: The Cuban Revolution, genesis and development, concluded debates in Havana’s Conventions Center with a focus on Fidel Castro and Juan Bosch.

Closing day, also attended by Víctor Gaute López, member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat and head of its Ideological Department, featured presentations on the thought and work of the Comandante en Jefe, including those by MSc René González Barrios highlighting Fidel’s internationalism; Fidel and the United States, by Dr. Elier Ramírez Cañedo; and Fidel and Justice, by Katiuska Blanco Castiñeira.

The latter described several passages in the life of the historical leader of the Revolution, from his beginnings as a student in Jesuit school, to become a beacon and guide of the Cuban nation. “There was no just cause that did not have him among its most vehement defenders: anti-racism, the dignification of university life, and the nation, the independence of Puerto Rico, solidarity with the Dominican people who suffered Trujillo's excesses ...” she noted.

Photo: Ismael Batista

Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, minister of Science, Technology and the Environment, said: “We must deepen and disseminate knowledge of our history. It is a necessity for present and future generations. Attempts to rewrite, misrepresent and deceive do not cease, using modern means and technologies; hence the need of each one of us to redouble our efforts in the task of preserving and defending historical memory.”

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Raul Castro welcomes Diaz-Canel upon his return from Europe

Havana, October 31 (RHC)-- The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, received the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and the delegation that accompanied him on the tour of several countries, in the early hours of this Thursday at Havana's José Martí International Airport.

On October 20, the Cuban leader began his tour that took him to Ireland and Belarus, to  Azerbaijan in the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, and to a working visit to the Russian Federation.

Before leaving Russia, Diaz-Canel was received in Moscow by the Patriarch of all Russia, His Holiness Kirill, with whom he highlighted the links between both parties and the human values they share.

His Holiness Kirill sent an affectionate greeting to Raúl and recalled the support of the Historical Leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, for the construction of an orthodox temple in Havana.

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Cuban president concludes visit to Russia

Moscow, October 30 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez met with Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kiril on Wednesday as part of the final stage of his working visit to the Russian Federation.

The meeting took place shortly before Díaz-Canel finished his second stay in the country.

On Tuesday, the Cuban Head of State met with his counterpart Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, met with business people, and decorated restorers and Russian companies that intervened in the refurbishment of the dome of the Capitol of Havana.

In a ceremony at the Ibero-American Cultural Center, Diaz-Canel presented them with the Friendship Medal.


During his encounter with President Putin,  Diaz-Canel invited him to visit Cuba and also conveyed warm greetings from Raul Castro.

The Cuban president also confirmed his attendance of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Second World War (WWII) on May 9, 2020.

"I am grateful for your invitation to attend the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of victory over fascism. I confirm my attendance at the event," Diaz-Canel said during the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to TASS news agency.

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Cuban President meets with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev

Moscow, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met on Tuesday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, whom he conveyed a special greeting from the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro.

At the meeting, held in the Russian Government's Protocol Palace in Moscow, Diaz-Canel noted that there is great satisfaction in Cuba with the meeting between Medvedev and Raul Castro during his visit to Havana early this month.

In addition, the Cuban president highlighted the prime minister's interest in continuing Russia's participation in Cuba's development program until 2030 and proposing new ideas to expand cooperation.

Medvedev, in turn, invited the Cuban head of State to participate in the festivities on Victory Day on May 9, 2020, when the 75th anniversary of that event will be commemorated.

Shortly before meeting his Russian peer, Vladimir Putin, at the Novoe Ogoriovo residence, on the outskirts of Moscow, Diaz-Canel referred to the importance of Medvedev's visit to Havana to boost bilateral relations.

Previously, Diaz-Canel met with Russian business people, who briefed him about the state of joint projects, including in the iron and steel, machinery construction, energy, transportation and banking sectors.

At the meeting, the Cuban president noted the difficulties his country is going through due to the tightening of the United States blockade, but he reaffirmed the will to never make concessions and to continue to implement development programs in Cuba.

The Russian entrepreneurs referred to the possibility of building assemblers in Cuba, while Diaz-Canel called on them to participate in the country's development programs with more investments.

He pointed out that Biocubafarma is working in Russian regions on the basis of their potentialities to identify new market niches to export goods and services.

He noted that the Russian ministers from the sectors most involved in bilateral cooperation were present at the working breakfast he held with business people.

Also present were Cuban Ministers Bruno Rodriguez (Foreign Affairs), Jorge Luis Perdomo (Communications), Gustavo Rodriguez (Agriculture), Alfredo Lopez (Industries), Eduardo Rodriguez (Transportation) and Rodrigo Malmierca (Foreign Trade and Foreign Investments).

On Tuesday, the Cuban president visited the Zariadie Park, the Tretiakov Art Gallery and the Arbat Boulevard in Moscow.

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Putin confirms visit to Cuba

Moscow, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin said today he gladly accepts the invitation to visit Cuba, when he met his fellow Caribbean peer, Miguel Díaz-Canel, at the Novoe Ogoriovo residence, in the outskirts of this capital.

Putin congratulated Díaz-Canel for his election as president of Cuba. 'Last year you made an official visit to this country, but now you do it for the first time as head of state of the Republic of Cuba, as provided by the new Constitution,' he said.

He also said that in Russia they know well the prehistory of the links between the two countries. I would like to point out that this year you made an extended visit, I hope it was interesting and useful, said thwe Russian President.

The Russian head of state also referred to the increase in bilateral trade exchange by 33 percent last year and stressed in Russia they always viewed with special sympathy the independent position of Cuba and its sovereign policy.

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