President Diaz-Canel remembers when leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez first met in Cuba

Havana, December 14 (RHC)-- Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel paid tribute to leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, on occasion of the 25th anniversary of their first meeting here in Havana on December 13th, 1994.

On his Twitter account, Diaz-Canel recalls an article by former Cuban ambassador to Venezuela Germán Sánchez published on Cubadebate website. It reviews the countless meetings between both leaders, their friendship and the admiration they felt for each other, as well as the projects they designed and created together toward regional independence and integration.

The article also recalls the speech delivered by the Bolivarian leader at the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, when he affirmed that Cuba was a bastion of Latin American dignity.

Even before personally meeting Chavez, Fidel perceived many qualities in the young Venezuelan revolutionary, specially his strong commitment to Latin American and Caribbean independence and integration.

In 1998, Hugo Chavez won a landslide electoral victory in Venezuela and began a process of profound economic, social, cultural and political transformations called the Bolivarian Revolution, which lives on today 6 years after his death.

Edited by Lena Valverde Jordi

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Diaz-Canel congratulates Los Van Van on its 50th anniversary

Havana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated on Monday the renowned Los Van Van band on the occasion of the five decades of its foundation.

'Congratulations Van Van. With you we will always dance to the rhythm of the best Cuban music,' wrote the president on his official Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

The musical group, created by bass guitarist, arranger, and composer Juan Formell in 1969, reaches its 50th anniversary with nearly 30 recorded albums and important awards, especially the 2000 Grammy Award for its album 'Llego... Van Van' (Van Van is here).

The songo rhythm, created by Juan Formell alongside Cesar 'Pupy' Pedroso and Jose Luis Quintana 'Changuito,' is the sound that has distinguished the work of the band, which has performed on several of the most important stages of Cuba and the world.

Also known as the 'Train of Cuban music,' to many Los Van Van, directed at present by Samuel Formell, is one of the most important popular dance music groups in Cuba.

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Díaz-Canel: Cuba will not renounce its sovereignty or independence

“We are not intimidated by threats from the United States, which are part of its interventionist policy toward Cuba. It is deplorable that the country’s diplomats are incited to violate international law and the laws of the United States. Cuba will not renounce its sovereignty or independence,” said President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on his Twitter account.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla also referred to the situation: “The U.S. Secretary of State, who applauds coups and ignores murders, acts of barbarism, repression, and violations of human rights by its allies, calls on its embassy in Cuba to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign country that will not allow it.”

Cuba has repeatedly denounced the U.S. government’s slander campaign, most recently using as a pretext the arrest of a salaried agent serving the United States, with a long history of provocative, illegal actions to disrupt the public order. The embassy of the United States in Cuba has been the fundamental vehicle of attention, orientation, and financing of his conduct.

“The country’s diplomatic mission in Cuba and, particularly its chargé d'affaires, has concentrated on... promoting division and confusion in our people, identifying areas of the economy to attack with coercive measures, attempting to slander and discredit the work of the Cuban government and the Revolution,” stated a note published November 20.

Yesterday, the U.S. government added the Cuban company Corporación Panamericana S.A to it its list of entities sanctioned for maintaining relations with Venezuela.

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Cuban president meets with Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is attending the Renaissance Forum in Havana, it was reported here on Saturday.

During the meeting, the outstanding artist expressed his deep admiration for Cuba.

For his part, Diaz-Canel expressed his affinity for the artist's conception and was interested in his projects, Granma newspaper reported.

The Renaissance Forum is held in Cuba every year to propitiate dialogue, participation and the collective construction of projects.

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Raul Castro and Diaz-Canel attend anniversary ceremony of Mobile Brigade of Special Troops

Havana, November 23 (RHC)-- The leader of the  Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and the president of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, attended the political and military ceremony held on Friday on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Mobile Brigade of Special Troops.

The Army General presented the Brigade with the 'Antonio Maceo' Order, a recognition granted by the State Council at the request of the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR).

Brigadier General Juan Pérez Gil, head of the FAR Directorate of Cadre, highlighted the courage, patriotism, firmness, spirit of sacrifice, and preparation of the Brigade’s members.

During the event - which was attended by the top leaders of the FAR and the Ministry of the Interior, as well as the leaders of the Party and Government of Artemisa and the municipality of Bauta - the military unit was also presented with a diploma for the 45th anniversary, signed by Army Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frias, minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Brigadier General Jorge Luis Méndez de la Fe, head of the Political Directorate of the FAR, delivered the event’s keynote speech and he  outlined the honorable missions the Brigade has participated in,  from the decisive combat actions of Cangamba, Sumbe and Cuito Cuanavale in Angola, to the many rescue and protection tasks during the natural disasters that have struck the Cuban archipelago.

Minutes before the beginning of the political and the military ceremony, Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel unveiled at the entrance of the Mobile Brigade of Special Troops, a plaque with the image of legendary independence hero, Antonio Maceo, which identifies the Brigade as a recipient of the Order that bears his name.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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President Diaz-Canel leads follow-up meetings on priority issues on the island

Havana, November 20 (RHC)-- The National Program on climate change, the preservation of Cuba´s historical memory and the performance of scientific cloisters of Havana, Artemisa, and Mayabeque provinces were the focus meetings attended Monday by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

More and more frequent, intense, and extensive drought episodes are affecting the eastern province of Guantánamo, one of the territories where more significant variability and climatic complexity in the country, with high impact on the productivity of its soils.

Diaz-Canel considered that this province should "follow with much intentionality the fulfillment of the Task Life, the way authorities call the Cuban program on actions on climate change---  because the eastern territory is one of the most affected by the phenomenon, with problems already accumulated, especially desertification and salinization in several areas.

During the meeting it was informed that a strategy for the period 2020-2030 for the province includes reforestation of the first line of the coast and the water regulating strips of the rivers; the planting of more than 2,000 hectares of coconut trees; as well as the increase in water sources for industry, population, agriculture and energy generation.

In another meeting, the President also followed up on the program to stop the deterioration of the nation's documentary heritage, which on this occasion included the analysis of this issue in the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic and the Supreme People's Court.

The archives of both bodies contain valuable documents relating to the social, economic, and political life of the country.

Later on Monday the head of State also presided over the meeting of the Productive Scientific Pole of Havana, Artemisa, and Mayabeque, in which a comprehensive analysis was presented on the expansion of electricity generation in Cuba and its projection towards the year 2030.

According to Lázaro Guerra, Director of Development at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the country is working to achieve an electricity generation matrix that guarantees higher energy efficiency and independence, through greater use of national crude oil in its thermoelectric power plants, increased use of renewable energy sources and an environmental impact by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

In this regard, the vice-president of the Council of Ministers, Roberto Morales Ojeda, drew attention to the boundless reserves that exist in universities and different agencies in terms of technological innovation, and that can be exploited much more.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Diaz-Canel welcomes arrival of Cuban doctors returning from Bolivia

On his official Twitter account, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel greeted on Monday a group of Cuban health workers who returned today from Bolivia, following the coup d'état and threats against doctors of the island working in the Andean nation.

'They return victorious. Welcome to our Homeland, dear compatriots of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia,' the president tweeted.

'You honor your profession and uphold human solidarity,' he added in reference to the group of 207 health specialists who arrived at the Jose Marti International Airport in this capital at dawn.

With this second flight, 431 Cuban collaborators have so far returned from Bolivia, where the medical brigade has performed 1,529,301 operations and provided over 73,330,400 medical consultations over more than ten years.

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Cuban president meets FIHAV participants

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with heads of delegations, Cuban and foreign business representatives participating in the Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2019, currently in its 37th edition.

During the meeting, Diaz-Canel highlighted FIHAV's role in strengthening economic relations and acknowledged the difficult context in which the event is taking place due to increased US hostility, as national television reported on Wednesday.

The US economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba, however, did not prevent representatives from more than 60 countries from attending the Fair in an atmosphere of optimism and confidence in the potential of the Caribbean nation, the report noted.

The Cuban president also spoke with the visitors about Cuba's development plans and the determination not to give up, no matter how difficult the conditions.

Companies from Venezuela, China, Russia, Spain and other important markets annually attend FIHAV, considered the leading commercial exchange event in Cuba.

This 37th edition brings together business representatives from 60 countries, and 360 Cuban entities at exhibiting their products at Havana's ExpoCuba fairgrounds since Monday and through Friday, according to official data.

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