Cuba and Mexico ratify their friendship

The governments of Cuba and Mexico ratified on Thursday the will to continue developing political-diplomatic dialogue and to broaden economic-commercial, investment, and cooperation relations.

Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, confirmed this on Twitter, where he commented on the results of the 'cordial meeting' between the president of his country, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and his host Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

López Obrador welcomed the visitor in the Patio of Honor of the National Palace before holding a private meeting.

In his usual morning press conference, Lopez Obrador said that the visit by his Cuban counterpart was important 'because the Cuban people and the Mexican people are brothers'.

Shortly after arriving in the northern nation, Diaz-Canel expressed his joy for 'returning to the much-loved Mexico, a country so closely linked to the history of Cuba and of all Latin America', now as the new president of the Republic, after being elected last October 10.

The Cuban president was back in Havana in the early hours of Friday. He was welcomed at Jose Marti International Airport by Communist Party leder, Raul Castro.

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Russian Security Council Secretary Meets With Castro, Diaz-Canel In Cuba's Capital

First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro and the newly-elected President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel discussed Russian-Cuban cooperation with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Havana, the council's spokesman has announced.

"During the meeting, an exchange of views took place on a wide range of issues of Russian-Cuban cooperation, including security, as well as the international agenda. The sides pointed out that the stances of Russia and Cuba on the main regional and international issues are similar or coincide," Yevgeny Anoshin said on Wednesday.

Patrushev congratulated Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel with his election.

Cuba's National Assembly elected Diaz-Canel as the country's president during an extraordinary session last week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Miguel Diaz-Canel on being elected as the Cuban president, expressing hope that mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries would expand.

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Important attributions for the State Council to be elected in Cuba

The Parliament of Cuba will elect the President and Vice President of the Republic on October 10, but before that the deputies will vote for the integration and ownership of the Council of State.

It is the collegiate body that represents the National Assembly of Popular Power between sessions, executes its agreements and fulfills other functions that the Constitution and the law attribute to it.

This is stated in the Magna Carta approved in April, whose article 121 provides that the president, vice president and secretary of the National Assembly of Popular Power are in turn the State Council, which cannot be integrated by members of the Council of Ministers nor the highest authorities of the judicial, electoral and state control bodies.

The election, like that of the highest state offices in the nation, was preceded by the approval in July of the new Electoral Law and the bureau of the National Candidacies Commission.

This body developed a consultation process with the deputies of the island between September 18 and 22.

It was an occasion to gather proposals on those legislators who must integrate the candidacy projects and will be submitted to Parliament for consideration this October 10.

Among the powers of the State Council is to ensure compliance with the Constitution and laws, issue decree-laws and agreements, and arrange for extraordinary sessions of Parliament.

Also summon and agree on the date of the elections to renew the National Assembly of Popular Power and municipal assemblies.

The Council of State can suspend presidential decrees, agreements and other provisions that contradict the Constitution and laws.

This body can assume, at the proposal of the President of the Republic, the powers to declare the State of War or War in the event of aggression or peace.

Likewise, among other attributions, ratify and denounce international treaties, approve the modalities of foreign investment that correspond to it and examine and approve, between one and another session of Parliament, the necessary adjustments to the State budget.

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Russia supports Cuba’s demand for stopping economic blockade — Medvedev

Russia supports Cuba’s demands for stopping economic blocade, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

"We are categorically against the economic, trade and financial blockade of Cuba. We support Havana’s fair demand this blockade be stopped," Medvedev said after the Russian-Cuban talks.

The Russian prime minister pledged that Cuba "has good friends" in Russia, which "is a reliable partner." "Respect to sovereignty and independence is the basis of our national character and state politics," he added.

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Raul Castro, Diaz-Canel welcome Bolivian president

The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel reportedly welcomed in Havana Bolivian President Evo Morales who made a stopover in route to New York.

According to the Twitter account of the Cuban Presidency, Morales made a stop over on Sunday in Havana before continuing to that American city, where he will attend the high-level segment of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the Organization of the United Nations (UN).

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez had traveled earlier to New York heading the Cuban delegation that will attend the important meeting, in which his country will ratify its commitment to the defense of peace and multilateralism.

Rodriguez's participation at the UN General Assembly comes at times of growing Washington's hostility towards Cuba and its diplomacy, following the expulsion of two representatives of the Cuban mission to the UN.

Around 140 heads of State and Government will participate from September 24 to 30 in the high-level week of the UN General Assembly at its 74th session.

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Raúl and Díaz-Canel congratulate the Democratic Republic of Korea on its 71st anniversary

The Communist Party of Cuba’s first secretary, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, sent a message of congratulations to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, September 9, on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In his message, Raul reaffirmed the value Cuba gives ties with Pyongyang, based on the special relations shared by their leaders, according to a report on Cubavisión.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez also saluted the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on its anniversary, on behalf of the people and government of our country.

Cuba and the DPRK established diplomatic relations August 29, 1960, and have maintained fraternal ties since that time, based on mutual respect and admiration, and the friendship shared by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and the great leader Kim Il Sung.

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Our heroes and martyrs have not been forgotten

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz honored heroes and martyrs of the Cuban Revolution in Santiago’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, on the very day chosen in 1959 to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the good of the nation.

Before the simple tomb of the País García family, in honor of the 62nd anniversary of the murders of Frank and Raúl Pujol, Raúl joined the people of Santiago de Cuba for a special moment recalling the young hero.

Accompanied by Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, a Council of State vice president and president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, the Army General paid his respects to José Martí, laying flowers beside the crypt that holds his remains and then made his way to the giant boulder where Fidel´s ashes lie, depositing a white rose in a simple gesture honoring his brother, the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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Cuban leaders attend funeral of cardinal who fostered thaw with US

Cuban leaders on Sunday attended the funeral Jaime Ortega, a cardinal who played a key role in improving ties between Havana and Washington during the administration of Barack Obama.

Ortega, who died at the age of 82, worked as an intermediary for Pope Francis in negotiations to ease the bad blood between Cuba and the US after five decades.

The Cold War rivals began normalizing relations in December 2014 and the next year they restored diplomatic ties.

First vice-president Salvador Valdes Mesa, vice-president Roberto Morales and Esteban Lazo, the head of the National Assembly, were at the funeral service at Havana Cathedral, an AFP journalist saw.

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former president Raul Castro, who are visiting Venezuela, sent bouquets of flowers.

Born in 1936 in Matanzas, Ortega led the Catholic church in Cuba for 35 years before retiring in 2016.

He submitted his resignation as Archbishop of Havana in 2011 when 75, as Vatican rules required, but his close personal friend the pope refused it then, acquiescing only in 2016.

He was the facilitator in 18 months of secret talks between Cuba and the US that led to a historic thawing of relations, since reversed by President Donald Trump.

Those talks led to a prisoner exchange and Obama's historic visit to the island nation in 2016.

Garcia paid tribute to Ortega's "friendly smile, his clairvoyant intelligence and the testimony of a successful, and often painful, priesthood."

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