Raúl welcomes Díaz-Canel home

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, the morning of May 31, received Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez at José Martí International Airport, as the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers returned 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.

“Having been judged worthy of Venezuela’s Order of Liberators, it is to Cuba, to Cuban men and women, to whom this immense honor is conferred,” stated Diaz-Canel.

“This decision further encourages our commitment and solidarity with the courageous Bolivarian and Chavista people,” he affirmed following the decoration ceremony.
Nicolás Maduro Moros, Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, stated, “It is within the framework of ALBA that the Cuban Revolution and the Bolivarian Revolution unite to say: America lives, America struggles, America dreams, America has the right to a future!”

Upon arriving in Caracas, May 30, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, said he was bringing a fraternal message of solidarity from Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, from the Cuban people and government, for the Bolivarian people and government, and President Nicolás Maduro.

Sunday May 20, like many Cubans, like many Cuban families, we spent practically the whole day following what was happening in Venezuela on television, fully convinced that you would win. When Maduro’s victory was announced, we felt this victory as our own, the Cuban President recalled.

“Our solidarity with Venezuela, with the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution, with the civic-military union of its people, and with its President, Nicolás Maduro Moros, is inalterable,” Díaz-Canel stated in his speech to the National Constituent Assembly.

“It would appear that supporting Venezuela is not fashionable. But they are not going to confuse us. We are here defending a sovereign choice of a people. And we will continue to do so,” he continued.

“Now Venezuela needs our solidarity; needs the backing of the peoples of Our America in its resistance to the criminal political, diplomatic, economic, and financial war of which it is a victim,” Díaz-Canel insisted.

“We must firmly repudiate attempts by the U.S. government to resuscitate the aggressive, old Monroe Doctrine, which aims to return the region to the era of interventionism,” he stated.

“The resounding electoral victory of Chavista forces in the Presidential elections this past May 20 constitutes a strategic victory for the Bolivarian Revolution and Our America. This victory of yours is also a victory for all of Our America, evidence of the peoples’ political growth and a demonstration of the continuing relevance of the legacy of Comandante Chávez within the soul of Venezuela,” the Cuban President continued.

“We sincerely admire the courage and audacity of Venezuelan revolutionaries, of the Bolivarian vanguard, and your civic-military union. We admire the political and moral stature of compañero Nicolás Maduro, his patience and flexibility, his intransigence toward those who relentlessly insult and attack his homeland,” he stated.

The Cuban President added, “Only a people that understands well the origin of its problems can stay the course amidst so much manipulation and lying, and provide an example like the one you Venezuelans have just given.”

Díaz-Canel recalled that in this same city, 60 years ago, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz insisted, “What must be done is realize the ideas of Bolivar.”  

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Cuba Rejects Military Doctrines Base on Nuclear Deterrence

Statement by H.E. Mr. Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the United Nations high level meeting to celebrate and promote the International Day for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. New York, September 26, 2018.

Mr. President;

Mr. Secretary General;

Distinguished Heads of Delegations;

Delegates all;

It is said that when the eminent physicist Albert Einstein was asked with what weapons a hypothetical Third War would be fought, he answered that he only knew that the Fourth would be fought with sticks and stones.

Sadly, he did not live enough to see that his emphatic calls to put an end to the arms race using the nuclear technology would be unheeded and that the manufacturing of those weapons would grow dramatically, to the point of eliminating any possibility of survival if hardly a small part of them were to be used.

That is why we think it is our unavoidable duty to join the commemoration of the International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons every September 26, for it contributes to achieve the purpose pursued by the UN of preserving international peace and security.

We are proud that such an achievement is based on an initiative first promoted by the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, which was later on embraced by the international community.

To Cuba, this appeal that is launched every year is also a much deserved tribute to the memory of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, who struggled tirelessly in favor of nuclear disarmament, an issue to which he devoted numerous Reflections and all of his energy.

Cuba supports the statement made by the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Seventy three years after the criminal atomic bombings over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, humanity continues to be threatened by the existence of approximately 14 400 nuclear weapons; 3 750 of them have been deployed and almost 2 000 are in a state of operational alert.

Cuba rejects the security policies and military doctrines based on nuclear deterrence. We embrace the words expressed by Fidel in 1979 when he stated, and I quote: “The clashing of weapons, the threatening language and the overbearing behavior in the international arena must cease. Enough of the illusion that the problems of the world can be solved by nuclear weapons! Bombs may kill the hungry, the sick and the ignorant; but they cannot kill hunger, disease and ignorance”, end of quote.

Mr. President:

Latin America and the Caribbean takes pride in having been the first densely populated region in the world proclaiming itself as a Nuclear Free Zone under the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which was enacted in 1967. Our peoples’ willingness was ratified in the “Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace”, a document that was signed by the Heads of State and Government of the region on the occasion of the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Havana in January of 2014.

Cuba is strongly committed to strengthening and consolidating multilateralism and complying with international treaties on disarmament, particularly to the goal of a nuclear free world. On January 31, 2018, as an expression of that willingness, Cuba became the fifth State to ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

We will persist in our aspiration that this Treaty, which proscribes the use, existence and development of nuclear weapons and reiterates that these are inhuman, immoral and ethically indefensible, could be some day implemented and complemented with efficient measures conducive to the complete elimination of those arsenals in an effective, transparent and irreversible way.

The use of nuclear energy and technology has contributed to the social and economic development of our nations. Consequently, we reaffirm the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy without any discrimination.

We reject the decision of the US Government to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The non observation of these international commitments goes against the rules of coexistence among States and will have serious consequences for stability and security in the Middle East.

Mr. President:

Before concluding, I would like to share with you some excerpts of the speech delivered by Army General Raúl Castro, the First Secretary of our Party, at the Rio + 20 Summit: “Let’s put justifications and selfishness aside and work for solutions. This time everyone, absolutely everyone, will suffer the consequences (…) May plundering end; May the war end; let’s move towards disarmament and destroy the nuclear arsenals.”

Thank you, very much.

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Cuban leader invited to visit Russia

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is invited to visit Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists in reply to the question about a possible meeting between Russian and Cuban leaders.

"He [Diaz-Canel] has an invitation to visit Russia," Lavrov said on the outcomes of the talks with his Cuban colleague Bruno Rodriguez on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s session.

"Today, we have considered upcoming contacts planned at a political level, including in the context of discussing the current issues of our economic cooperation," Lavrov added, commenting on the outcomes of the meeting. "We are preparing a session of the intergovernmental commission. Of course, we have discussed the coordination of actions at the UN."

Miguel Diaz-Canel replaced Raul Castro as President of Cuba’s Council of State and President of the Republic of Cuba in April 2018.

Russia, Cuba Foreign Ministers Strengthen Strategic Partnership

Russia and Cuba have strengthened their strategic relations on Tuesday through a meeting of their Foreign Ministers, Serguei Lavrov and Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, respectively, on the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

During the meeting there was a substantive exchange of views on current issues of the Russian-Cuban strategic partnership, including regional and international matters.

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The meeting paid special attention to the development of economic-commercial and humanitarian relations, as well as to the improvement of the legal basis of the agreements between both nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

'The foreign ministers were glad to point out that Russia and Cuba maintain the intensive dynamic of political dialogue, and they confirmed a mutual desire to increase interaction in the UN and other multilateral platforms,' the Ministry added.

The 73rd session of the United Nations General Affairs began its high level program this Tuesday.

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Spain's PM Sanchez to visit Cuba

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has accepted an invitation from the Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel to visit the country, a spokeswoman for the Spanish government said on Tuesday.

It would mark the first official visit to Cuba for a Spanish Prime Minister in over 30 years.

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U.S. Rep. Castor Meets with Cuban President, Stresses Importance of Continued Dialogue and Engagement

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement after meeting with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel during his visit to the United Nations General Assembly today:

“For the first time in nearly six decades, the world is seeing Cuba without a Castro at the helm. For the United States, this is a new opportunity for improved relations with our neighbor just 90 miles off the Florida coast – one we cannot afford to let slip by. During the meeting, I stressed the importance of continued dialogue and engagement between the U.S. and Cuba to benefit the citizens of both countries. President Díaz-Canel expressed the hope for normal relations between the two countries as well.

“I shared the desire of Tampa families and businesses for greater opportunities in education, trade, health care, agriculture and more. The Cuban government has sent mixed messages and not followed through on some shared business plans during the most significant transition of power that occurred over the past couple of years. Cuba’s new leader has the opportunity to usher in a number of positive changes on the island and we encouraged him to focus on improving the everyday lives of Cubans including increased access to the internet and support for the Cuban private sector.

“Now, with the Trump Administration’s return to Cold War policies toward the island, it is more difficult to build trust and successfully push for improvements in family travel and human rights. At a time of historic transition in the leadership of Cuba and revision to its constitution, Trump has practically shut down the American embassy and America’s presence on the island including political officers that monitor human rights and promote American interests. This is unfortunate and unwise.

“Our wide-ranging conversation included a bipartisan and bicameral group of members of Congress and ranged from renewable energy, human rights, agriculture, travel, Venezuela, Colombia, telecommunications and even Major League Baseball. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, director general of the United States Department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Carlos Fernández de Cossío, and Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Cabañas also were in attendance, as well as President Díaz-Canel’s wife Lis Cuesta Peraza.”

U.S. Rep. Castor visited Cuba in 2013, and upon her return she called for lifting the Cuba embargo and sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry outlining the changes, challenges, and opportunities she saw for modernizing relations with the island. Since then, she has brought Cuban Ambassador Jose Cabañas to Tampa to discuss greater engagement and economic reforms, held Tampa/Cuba forums to educate the Tampa Bay region’s families and businesses on the evolving landscape, attended the opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. and filed bipartisan legislation to lift the Cuba embargo to end the status quo in Cuba and make real progress on human rights. U.S. Rep. Castor revived the House bipartisan Cuba Working Group to build broader support in Congress for greater engagement with Cuba and has led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to the island to survey progress and examine travel, trade, jobs, internet access, human rights and agriculture. She has been critical of President Trump’s decision to reinstate failed isolationist policies towards Cuba.

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Cuba Condole Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Death

Tributes to the former UN chief, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also poured in from Cuba with President Miguel Diaz-Canel describing Annan as a “symbol of persistence and dignity” in a condolence message addressed to current UN chief Antonio Guterres.

With Annan’s death, “the international community loses one of its most prominent diplomats, a symbol of persistence and dignity because of his origin and his work,” the message said, Cuba’s state television reported.

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Annan served as the UN secretary-general from 1997-2006 and received the Nobel Peace Prize along with the UN in 2001.

He passed away in a hospital in Switzerland on Saturday after a short illness, his family announced on Twitter.

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In the 92nd Anniversary of his Birth: Fidel, a World Paradigm

He is outstanding for his exemplary conduct and intelligence, firmness and dedication to work, his ethical, human and solidary behavior, his vision of the world.

That afternoon of August 13th, 2016 a collective question rose at Karl Marx Theater: Will the Commander in Chief arrive? It was his 90th birthday and the children company La Colmenita had organized a great party in his honor.

Only a few more minutes before the beginning of the when the entire audience began to chant watchwords about his figure. Maybe he thought - in the simplicity and modesty he always showed - that it would have been disrespectful not to thank a gesture like that to the young artists.

Accompanied by Raúl, president Maduro and his wife Cilia, Fidel appeared smiling, proud of that childhood for whose rights he had always fought.

Today, exactly after two years, and for many is still among us the undefeated Commander in Chief, the man who rallied multitudes seeking a dream, woke up the conscience of a people and led it to the final victory.

In Fidel are reunited the freedom ideas of the martyrs of the Homeland, from Varela, Luz y Caballero, Maceo, and Martí. In the lives of each of these men – as well as so many others who even gave up their lives – is the root and foundation of everything he did for a nation free and sovereign.

His personal example and intelligence, his determination and dedication to work, the ethics, human and solidary behavior, his vision of the world, made of him a world paradigm.

For those who dreamt a different Cuba after his decease, the current road and domestic development is the expression that when ideas and principles are fair, they last in time. Consequently the current historical continuity of the Revolution.

His long speeches are astonishing and later his deep reflections. The climate, the grounds, agriculture, health, education, culture, politics. What didn’t Fidel know about? His wisdom was, truly amazing and, at the same time, he knew that it was necessary to speak to the people, to explain and support any idea, regardless how insignificant it seemed.

For all that, a better date could not have been chosen to begin in Cuba the process of popular consultation for the Draft of the Constitution of the Republic, approved last July 21st and 22nd, during the First ordinary meeting of the National Assembly in its IX Legislature.

In the Main Report to the First Congress of the Party, which Fidel presented in his condition as first secretary of his Central Committee, as far back as year 1975, appeared essentials on the new Constitution, the one which was later approved in February 1976.

"Today we need a socialist Constitution that meets the characteristics of our society, with the social conscience, the ideological convictions and goals of our people. A Constitution that reflects the general laws of the society we build, the deep economic, social and political transformations done by the Revolution and the historical achievements conquered by our people. A Constitution in short that summarizes what we are today and that helps us reach what we want to be tomorrow."

The strength of such words leads us to ratify the foresight of his ideas, his experience and political commitment. On top of that idea we must place his concept of Revolution, a worthy legacy for the everyday life of all Cubans.

The idea "I am Fidel", was born in the heat of a collective feeling, he is present in each Cuban that admires his spotless behavior and personal example. The historical leader planted ideas and principles that right now have the duty and responsibility of pushing forward.

The President of the Councils of State and Secretaries, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, has inherited the ideas of Marti, and Fidel, revolutionary and patriot, and the Cubans who today trusts that he would know how to lead our nation explicitly, convinced of the legitimacy and fairness of the cause for which the youths of the Generation of the Centennial fought lead by Fidel.

“We will be faithful to Fidel Castro's legacy, historical leader of the Revolution, and also the example, value and teachings of Raúl Castro, current leader of the revolutionary process", highlighted Díaz-Canel during his first speech before the National Assembly of People’s Power, when assuming the presidency of the Republic in April this year.

August 13th the undefeated Commander in Chief won't be physically among us. For that reason our best homage - indeed - will be to participate and intervene with solid arguments in the scheduled meetings to carry out the popular consultation on the Draft of Cuba’s New Constitution, in an attempt to improve what has been achieved in all these years of Revolution, what was his greatest work.

Shanghai Party chief meets Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana

Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Tuesday.

Li sent President Xi Jinping’s regards to Diaz-Canel and congratulated him on the newly-elected leadership of Cuba in April. Li said the same ideology binds China and Cuba closely together.

In the new era of Sino-Cuba relations, China will unfalteringly carry out win-win cooperation with Cuba and advance the Sino-Cuba relations, Li added.

Diaz-Canel said that Sino-Cuba relations have reached its historical best, and Cuba is working hard to further renew the model of its social and economic development. Cuba is willing to carry out overall cooperation with the Communist Party of China and learn the experience in developing socialism from China.

From July 14 to 17, Li headed a delegation to visit Cuba. During his visit, Li met Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, general secretary of Worker’ Central Union of Cuba, and Jose Ramon Balaguer, head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Li also attended the 24th Sao Paulo Forum and delivered a speech; visited Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; and attended the Picture Exhibition of Shanghai’s 40-year Achievements of Opening-up and Reform with leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba.

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