Putin Expresses Condolences to Cuban Leader Over Boeing 737 Crash

Putin has expressed his condolences to the Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez over the recent Boeing 737 crash near José Marti International Airport in Cuba and wished a speedy recovery for those who survived the crash, Kremlin said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of condolences to Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, over a deadly crash of a passenger jet in Havana airport, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.

"The Russian head of state conveyed words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of those killed, as well as wishes of a speedy recovery to those who survived the crash," the telegram says.

Boeing 737 carrying 104 passengers and crew crashed shortly after a takeoff from the José Marti International Airport in Cuba. It was reported shortly after the crash that three people on the plane had survived, however, worker at Havana’s Calixto Garcia hospital told Reuters later that one of the crash survivors had died from burns and other trauma.

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Cuba Woke Up in Mourning after Aviation Accident

Havana, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba meets today an official mourning after the tragic plane crash occurred the day before in Havana, when a Boeing 737 leased by Cubana de Aviación fell ashore at the moment of takeoff.

From 06:00 (local time) and until 12:00 pm on May 20, the national flag will remain at half-mast in public buildings and military institutions.

In the national flight DMJ 0972, which ran from Havana to Holguin, 104 passengers traveled, of which five were foreign citizens and the rest Cubans. The six-crew members were also foreigners.

During the last hours, many signs of solidarity for the tragic accident continued to arrive in the largest of the Antilles, where only three people survived, who remain in serious condition.

The president of China, Xi Jinping, expressed his regret to his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel, for the tragedy, which affected him deeply and asked to extend his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

In Russia, Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev sent a telegram to the Cuban president asking him to convey his condolences and support to the families and relatives of the victims.

From the Vatican, Pope Francis sent a message of condolences for the victims of the tragic event near the José Martí airport in Havana, and offered his 'suffrages for the eternal rest of the disappeared' and 'his closeness to the wounded'.

At the same time, he conveyed expressions of consolation for the relatives who in this hour of pain mourn the unexpected separation of their loved ones.

The president of Angola, Joao Lourenzo, also expressed his solidarity with the Cuban government and people.

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Cuban Authorities Investigate Crash of Mexican Plane in Havana

The president of the Cuban Aviation Corporation, Roberto Peña, said here that an investigation is already underway about the fatal accident of a Mexican commercial plane near Jose Marti International Airport that left 111 people dead and 3 critically wounded.

A Boeing 737-200 of Damojh airline chartered by Cubana de Aviacion for a domestic flight Havana-Holguin (eastern Cuba) crashed immediately after takeoff from Jose Marti international Airport. President Miguel Diaz-Canel came to the site of the crash where he instructed a full investigation on the cause of the accident and conveyed sympathy for the families of the victims.

We will keep the public opinion informed once the entire investigation process has been completed, Peña told national television on Friday night.

On the flight DMJ 0972 with foreign crew there were 104 passengers on board and nine crew members. The plane crashed on a plantation field between the airport and the town of Santiago de las Vegas, in the southern Havanian municipality of Boyeros. No one on the ground was hurt.

The director of Calixto Garcia University Hospital told the Cuban television the three survivors are stable but with uncertain prognosis.

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Minsk plays host to the second meeting of the Belarusian-Cuban commission on cooperation in science and technology

Minsk plays host to the second meeting of the Belarusian-Cuban commission on cooperation in science and technology. The agenda of the visit features signing of agreements on bilateral cooperation between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba, the Politekhnik science park of the Belarusian National Technical University and the Minsk Technopark. The parties consider cooperation prospects and coordinate the executive program on sci-tech and innovative cooperation for 2018-2020 which is to be signed in August.

In recent years our contacts have intensified, and this was confirmed by Ambassador of Belarus to Cuba Alexander Alexandrov, who kindly provided an interview to our Radio:

Our partner relations with Cuba have been proven in the course of many years of interaction. It was here that in 1998 Belarus opened its first Embassy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today Cuba remains an anchor point and one of our most important allies in the region both in terms of foreign policy – with our positions being very similar on most points of the international agenda – and with respect to economic cooperation. This is what makes the foundation for the Belarus-Cuba dialogue, and together with our Cuban colleagues we are working now to expand the number of areas where we interact and promote further growth in those fields where we cooperate traditionally. For instance, to advance our contacts in R&D we have set up a joint Commission on cooperation in science and technology. It first convened in Havana in May 2016 and proved to be very efficient. An agreement was reached for researchers from both countries to work together with the view to developing special agents for protection of economically important plants.

In 2014 the countries signed an intergovernmental agreement on mutual supplies. As part of it, Cuba supplies Belarus with some of its highly effective medicines getting Belarusian agricultural produce, vehicles and components in return.

Positive results were brought about thanks to the participation of a Belarusian delegation last autumn in the international Havana fair, one of the largest events of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean. For the first time in the history of our relations a national exposition of Belarus was organized. It extensively represented the export potential of Belarusian enterprises subordinate to the Industry Ministry, as well as scientific organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

Concrete agreements have been reached both in well-established ares of our cooperation across a number of industries and with regard to certain new R&D projects.

The Ambassador also described in some detail the current level of economic cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Cuba:

Talking about our political dialogue we have already pointed out the constructive and friendly nature of our relations, and economic aspects of our interaction follow in the same vein. Our countries register obvious progress in this field. In 2017 the trade turnover between our countries reached 60 million USD. Our exports to Cuba are dominated by trucks, agricultural machinery and components produced by some of our leading enterprises, including MAZ, MTZ, Amkodor, Minsk motor plant, Belagromash. Importantly, the products of the Belarusian heavy engineering industry enjoy success in Cuba, which is supported by the positive experience Cubans had with it back in the times of the Soviet Union. About 60% of all Cuban tractors were made in Belarus. Over the years the Cuban users have come to appreciate its cost effectiveness and reliability, and now prefer Belarus-made products to many others. At the same time, competition is growing with producers from other countries. In this respect, it is very important to ensure the use of proper financial instruments to support our export, which is done with the assistance of the Belarusian Development Bank. Today Belarusian exporters and our Cuban partners are looking forward to a new export credit line from the Bank, which will help boost our exports and consolidate our standing in Cuba. We are also looking at some new areas to cooperate in. Recently we launched a successful project to supply Cuba with Belarus-made home appliances, including fridges and cookers, which have already gained a reputation with the local population. As to Cuban supplies to Belarus, sugar makes the bulk of those. Currently we are also working to develop cooperation in pharmaceutics, which means projects to develop and produce new kinds of medications.

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Cuba – new investment destination of Vietnamese firms

Cuba has emerged as the third biggest investment destination of Vietnamese enterprises after Laos and Cambodia.

According to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnamese firms registered to invest 19.9 million USD in Cuba in the first four months of 2018 despite geographical distance.

This move is expected to open a new door with numerous business cooperation opportunities for the two countries.

The FIA revealed some investment projects of Vietnam in the new market including an oil and gas exploration project of PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) and diaper and washing powder production projects at Mariel Special Economic Development Zone of Thai Binh Company.

Several years ago, Cuba had been forecast to be an emerging market after Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. There is plenty of room in this market and the Cuban government has repeatedly called on Vietnamese enterprises to make investment in the nation.

The opportunities have become more obvious after the visit to Cuba by Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in March 2018 with a number of cooperation agreements signed.

Particularly, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment inked an agreement concluding the official negotiation between the two countries on a new bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).

The two sides pledged to conduct legal revisions to bring the FTA into force as soon as possible to support trade growth and attract investment.

Experts said these are important moves to boost Vietnam-Cuba trade and investment relations.

According to the FIA, Vietnamese firms poured 153.6 million USD abroad in the first four months of 2018. The figure included nearly 129 million USD in newly-registered capital and 24.6 million USD in increased capital.

Vietnam injected 80.12 million USD in Laos, making up 52.2 percent of the total investment capital, and 25.9 million USD in Cambodia in the January-April period.

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Cuba supports investments in the sea in search of metals

Juan Ruiz Quintana, Director General of Mining, of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, today supported a proposal by the 70th anniversary regular Council meeting of the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization to attract investment in the oceans in search of metals.

We support this initiative and urge the countries that make up the organization to update the legal framework for its management in order to undertake it, suggested the representative of the Island in one of his speeches at the meeting, which is being held in Burgas, a city on the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea.

According to sources from the Ministry of Energy and Mines from the venue of the event, the Cuban representative indicated in this regard the need to take into account the Convention on the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea, and the legislation of each member of Interoceanmetal, not only in terms of law, but also environmental requirements.

The deliberations of the meeting in plenary will be held until Thursday to analyze the progress of the mining project to extract cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), zinc (Zn) and manganese (Mn) from the marine nodules.

Such a project is international in nature because it is sponsored by Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Cuba.

Mineral resources are finite and this reality has caused many countries to look to the sea in order to find sources for obtaining metals, as was once the case for oil production, according to specialists in the sector.

They considered that this will be the future secure source for the continued development of information technology and electric cars, based on the mineral resources deposited on the ocean floor.

With this perspective in mind, the plenary sessions of the Interoceanic Council have been held in the Bulgarian city of Burgas, which advocates the granting of a geological research concession in the zone located between the Clarion and Clipperton fractures in the Western Pacific, southwest of Baja California, with potentialities in polymetallic marine nodules.

On the last day of its sessions, a protocol will be signed, setting out the action plan until its meeting in November, when the date of the next geological campaign, which precedes the mining operation, will be evaluated.

One day later, Interoceametal representatives will attend the European Mining Business Forum to be held at Hotel Mariela in Sofia, which will be attended by European mining authorities and their main companies.

A conference by Dr. Tomasz Abramowski, CEO of Interoceanmetal, based in the port city of Szczecin, Poland, is also planned.

Interoceanmetal has a project in which Cuban entities of the business groups CUBANÍQUEL and Geominero Salinero (GEOMINSAL) play an important role in the metallurgical technologies for its processing.

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Cubans and North Americans Dance together in Washington

The performances of Cuban artists at the Arts From Cuba Festival, which is taking place at the John F. Kennedy Center, in Washington, have been received with a lot of enthusiasm and joy by the large audience that has filled its installations these days.

Cubans and North Americans dance and enjoy together to the beat of “son”, salsa, bolero and other musical genres, sung and performed by outstanding soloists and bands that have performed in the biggest show of its kind in the United States, thus confirmed Alexis Triana, communication director of the Ministry of Culture.

The journalist and cultural promoter is part of the Cuban delegation that is made up of 400 artists from different manifestations, half of them living on the island and the rest settled in other countries and takes part at the event that kicked off on May 8 and will run until next June 3.

In his report from the US capital, Triana invites to see, listen to and feel the joy, with which Cubans and North Americans have welcomed each of the artistic performances of the representatives of the island, via live images, filmed at the John F. Kennedy Center.

The audience's presence is constant, he specifies, to the extent that there’s barely any space for the press. This party reminds me the chorus of a conga from Sancti Spiritus that says “You who told me that Yayabo would not go out anymore, Yayabo is in the street / with its last detail and its unrivalled rhythm / Ah, ah, ah, Yayabo has already left.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez in Europe

This Monday, May 14, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez started a visit to Europe that includes:

* Oficial talks in Belgium.
* Participating at European Union Joint Council meeting.
* Presenting National Report of Cuba at Universal Human Rights Periodic Review in Geneva.

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