US Has No Moral Authority to Judge Cuba on Human Rights

The US Government has no authority to point at Cuba on human rights issues, the island''s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stressed, reacting to a statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on alleged violations.

'Pompeo lies and libels,'underlines Rodriguez in a tweet the Foreign Ministry reproduced in social media.

The Cuban FM demanded from the US Government and its Secretary of State to lift the economic, trade and financial blockade Washington has maintained over almost 60 years.

He also wrote about Washington's poor performance on human rights for its condition as 'global repressor' and for its cruel treatment of migrants, minorities and poor people.

Director General of the US Office of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, also lambasted Pompeo's writing on Cuba.

With usual lack of decency the US Government shows when dealing with human rights, Pompeo issued a letter he said he had sent to Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, but it had not been received at the time he made it public.

He further said the US Government is dishonest when it expresses concern over human rights in Cuba or elsewhere.

'Its historical trajectory, its constant and flagrant abuses against its own population and that of many countries, and its alliance with dictatorial regimes guilty of vicious crimes disqualify the moral authority of US leaders,' emphasized Fernandez de Cossio.

To him, the letter and its public handling are actions of propaganda.

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Cuban Foreign Minister received his counterpart from Ghana

The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez received Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, who visits the Caribbean island with the purpose of promoting ties between both nations.

At the Foreign Ministry headquarters, Rodríguez stressed the links between the two countries, and recalled that Ghana was the first African nation to establish diplomatic relations with the Antilles’ largest one, which will meet six decades in 2019.

In addition, she reiterated the gratitude from the island of Ghana and the African Union for their claims for lifting the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.

On the other hand, Botchwey highlighted Cuban hospitality and sent greetings from her country’s governments to the Cuban people and authorities.

According to the program of the visit, Foreign Ministers will participate today in the signing of an agreement for regular diplomatic consultations.

Tomorrow, Botchwey will pay tribute to the leading Ghanaian independence Kwame Nkrumah, in the Park of the African Heroes of this capital.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Receives Colombian Peer

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez received his Colombian counterpart, Maria Angela Holguin, in this capital, the Foreign Ministry said today.

At a cordial meeting, the two officials discussed issues related to the peace talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) that are taking place in Havana.

The Colombian minister was accompanied by her country's high commissioner for Peace, Rodrigo Rivera, and other figures involved in the dialogue.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos noted that he would work until the last day of his administration, which will end on August 7, to hand over the next government a peace process with the ELN that is 'under way and on very solid bases'.

The ELN said that it is trying to advance the talks in a way that will allow the next occupant of the Nariño House (Ivan Duque) to appoint a new delegation and continue the peace agenda without great trauma.

Pablo Beltran, the commander of the insurgent force who is heading the negotiating delegation, told Prensa Latina that they have been instructed not to leave the table and to insist on the continuity of the peace talks.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Chairs Delegation to Nicaraguan National Event

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez heads the delegation of Cuba that will attend the central event in Nicaragua for the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, diplomatic sources said today.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the delegation is also made up of Juan Hernandez, Cuba's ambassador to Nicaragua and other officials.

On July 19, 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) defeated Anastasio Somoza´s dictatorship and started a process of socio-economic transformation for the benefit of the Nicaraguan people.

Currently, that Central American country faces a sociopolitical crisis fueled by the international right with the intention of overthrowing President Daniel Ortega´s government, elected by popular will expressed at the polls.

The day before, Latin American leaders ratified in the Forum of Sao Paulo, which took place in Cuba, their solidarity with Nicaragua, its people and the Executive led by Ortega.

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Miguel Díaz-Canel Arrives to Montego Bay, Jamaica

The President of Councils of the State and of Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez arrived in Jamaica as special guest of the First Secretary of this Caribbean nation, Andrew Holness.

Early this morning the plane that fled the Cuban President landed in the international airport of Montego Bay.

The senate president Thomas Tavares Finson welcomed Miguel Díaz-Canel at the air terminal.

The Cuban retinue is also integrated by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, the Deputy Minister Rogelio Sierra Díaz and Inés Fors Fernández ambassador for Cuba in Jamaica.

Díaz-Canel’s visit takes place amid the 39th Conference of Heads of States of CARICOM where leaders from 15 nations that make up the regional block of political agreement and economic integration attend.

This is Miguel Díaz-Canel’s first visit to Jamaica in his condition as President of the Councils of State and of Ministers.

The invitation to the Cuban President ratifies the ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation that characterized the bonds between Cuba and its sisters Caribbean nations.

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Cuba and Iran want to expand their economic, commercial and cooperation ties

The Iranian president, Hasan Rohani, moved a message to the Cuban leader, Miguel Díaz-Canel, through his first deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Morteza Sarmadi, who makes a working visit to the Island. 

Sarmadi delivered the message -of whose content details have not been given- to the Vice President and Minister of Economy and Planning, Ricardo Cabrisas, who received it on Wednesday in Havana.

During the meeting, the Cuban vice president and the Iranian deputy minister discussed the potential to expand the economic, commercial and cooperation ties that exist between both countries, said the Cuban News Agency (ACN).

Cabrisas and Sarmadi also They congratulated the "good march" of the bilateral relations between Cuba and Iran, according to the report.

Cabrisas and Sarmadi also congratulated themselves for the "good a march "of bilateral relations between Cuba and Iran

In the meeting participated by the Iranian side, the director of the regional office of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Chancery of the Persian nation, Ahmad Pabarja, and the ambassador in Cuba, Kambiz Sheikh Hassani

In addition, the general director of bilateral affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Island, Emilio Lozada, was present. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, also greeted Sarmadi.

Cuba and Iran maintain a close bilateral relationship, which led in February 2017 to the signing of twelve agreements for the exemption of diplomatic and service visas, and other areas.

In September 2016, the island received the visit of Iranian President Hasan Rohaní, who met with the then-president of the country, Raúl Castro, with whom he signed a cooperation agreement in the health, education, research, medicine and medical technology.

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Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Begins Official Visit to Germany

On Monday, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez began an official visit to Germany, during which he will hold talks with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Minister Rodríguez is scheduled to also hold meetings with other authorities in the European country.

Cuba and Germany enjoy positive relations and the two sides have pointed to existing broad potential to further expand ties in sectors of mutual interest.

Germany is the top market of European tourists to Cuba and the second globally, surpassed only by Canada in 2015.                                            

In 2014, trade exchange amounted to 224 million euros.

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Cuban Foreign Minister Begins Official Visit to Canada

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has began an official visit to Canada in response to an invitation from his counterpart, Stéphane Dion.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry reports that during his stay in Canada, the island's top diplomat will develop a comprehensive work program that includes official talks with his Canadian host and a visit to the province of Quebec, invited by the Minister of International Relations and Francophone, Christine St-Pierre.

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