Cuban President's Tour: Reunion with Friends of all Time

Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam and Laos, five visits to those countries of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, cemented in just two weeks old and valuable relations, confirming that times pass, but the real ones friends are left.

Almost like a road map, Díaz-Canel used his Twitter account to report the main incidents in each nation and his impressions about a journey aimed at ratifying 'the continuity of the Revolution and thanks for the solidarity that fuels our resistance'.

The Cuban president made a brief stop in France, where he met with the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, and with the Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.

From there he traveled on Friday 2 to Russia, where he held official talks with his counterpart from that country, Vladimir Putin.

He also met with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, the headlines of the Duma (Lower House), Vyacheslav Volodin, and the Senate, Valentina Matvienko, the communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russians Kiril.

At the end of their stay in Moscow, Diaz-Canel and Putin signed a joint statement in which they reaffirmed the strategic partnership between their countries, condemned the interventionism and advocated a multi-polar world.

The visit left the balance of the agreement of a greater participation of Russia in projects related to energy, transport, pharmaceutical, metallurgy, culture and humanities.

At the start of the Asian leg of his tour, the Cuban president arrived at noon on Sunday 4 to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), where he received a massive popular reception at the airport and the main avenues of Pyongyang.

In addition to holding official talks with the chairman of the State Committee of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, Diaz-Canel met more than once with him and renewed the friendship between the two nations.

Our relations are historical and are based on mutual respect and admiration, founded on the friendship of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and the great leader Kim Il-sung, he said.

The Cuban president also met with the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and with Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju.

The respective delegations signed cooperation agreements in areas such as tourism, education and public health.

When he left, he wrote in his Twitter account: 'The delegation of #Cuba says goodbye to the beautiful # RepúbicaPopularDemocráticaDeCorea, to which we thank their unwavering condemnation of the blockade, a cruel and unjust policy that also suffers the Korean people for sanctions against their government #NoMasBlock '.

In China, Díaz-Canel attended the first International Exposition of Imports in Shanghai, attended by more than three thousand local and foreign companies.

In the Asian giant he was received by President Xi Jinping; Prime Minister Li Keqiang; and the President of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Li Zhanshu.

After the official talks, the parties signed agreements to increase production capacity in prioritized collaboration projects and the granting of a Chinese loan that will support the acquisition of construction equipment for the renewable energy and tourism sectors, among others.

Diaz-Canel arrived in Vietnam almost at midnight on Thursday 8 and the following day held official talks with the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President of this country, Nguyen Phu Trong, who imposed the Order of Ho Chi Minh.

The two presidents also witnessed the signing of the trade agreement that over the next few years will govern the operations of the two countries in this area.

In Hanoi, Diaz-Canel was also received by the Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and the head of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

On Saturday 10, he traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam and its main economic, industrial and financial center, and from there he flew directly to the neighboring Lao People's Democratic Republic (RDPL).

In Vientiane held official talks with the president and general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, Bounnhang Vorachith.

Both also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Education and Sports of the RDPL and the National Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation of the Antillean nation.

Members of its delegations also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Bank of the RDPL and the Central Bank of Cuba.

Diaz-Canel also met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and the head of the National Assembly, Pany Yathotou.

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Cuba's President Arrives in Laos

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in the Lao People''s Democratic Republic on Saturday to attend an invitation from this country's President, Bounnhang Vorachit.

It is the second time that the Cuban Head of State visits this Asian country, with which bilateral diplomatic relations have existed since November 1974.

Since then, the two countries have helped and supported each other and contributed to improving cooperation between the two governments and peoples.

Prior to the arrival of the Cuban dignitary, Laotian press media announced their visit in great headlines and some published extensive biographies.

The presence of Diaz-Canel in Laos is part of a tour of countries in Europe and Asia.

He previously made a brief stopover in France and official visits to Russia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, China and Vietnam.

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Cuban, North Korean Leaders Agreed to Strengthen Bilateral Links

Pyongyang, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel and the North Korean President of the Workers'' Party (KWP), Kim Jong-Un held talks on Sunday in which they committed to continue strengthening bilateral relations.

During a dinner offered to the Cuban head of State by his host, Diaz-Canel transmitted a warm salute to him and the North Korean people, from Army General Raul Castro and the Cuban people.

He went on to explain that this visit takes place at a moment when Cuba, under the guidance of Raul Castro, sees a new generation begin to access the main posts of the Party and the Government.

He underlined that it is a continuity process and thus, his visit is of continuity, ratification and commitments.

Referring to the official talks held this afternoon with Kim Jong-Un, Diaz-Canel said both leaders committed to keep strengthening and expanding their relations.

He advanced that Cuba and the PDRK agreed during the private talks, to carry out cooperation projects in the sectors of tourism, education and public health.

Diaz-Canel recalled that Cuba and the PDRK's relations are historical and are based on mutual respect and admiration. He said the links were founded by the friendship between Fidel Castro and who he called, the Great Leader, Kim Il Sung.

Relations were further strengthened by the work of Raul Castro and Kim Jon-il.

The Cuban president revealed that both he and Kim Jong-Un committed this Sunday to continue strengthening relations between both their countries.

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‘Cuban president arrives in North Korea on state visit’

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel has arrived in North Korea on a state visit, Korean media report, in the wake of stalled talks between North Korea and the United States and just days after Washington imposed fresh economic sanctions on the Caribbean island country.

The plane carrying the 57-year-old Cuban leader landed at the Sunan International Airport in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Sunday.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Diaz-Canel met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a ceremony attended by some high-ranking officials in Pyongyang.

Official talks between the two leaders are scheduled for later on Monday.

‘Comradely friendship’

The visit, reportedly on the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been hailed by the country’s state-run media as a “historic event” aiming to strengthen ties between the two long-time allies.

“The Korean people warmly welcome the visit to Pyongyang by Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez,” read an editorial carried by North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper. “His current visit... is a historic event which powerfully demonstrates invincible friendship and unity and comradely friendship.”

The Cuban press had reported ahead of the visit that the talks between Kim and Diaz-Canel would focus on the interaction of Cuba and North Korea in international organizations, including the United Nations (UN).

No further details have been given on the visit.

Diaz-Canel, who assumed office in April, is on his first tour abroad, which saw him travel to Russia before North Korea. He is also to travel to China, Vietnam, and Laos after departing North Korea.

 

The Cuban president’s visit to North Korea came as the US administration’s hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton announced new sanctions against Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua on Thursday.

The UN General Assembly later condemned the persisting US sanctions against Cuba, renewing decades-long calls on Washington to remove the unilateral bans.

The US and Cuba had severed relations in 1961 during the Cold War, and Havana has been under a US economic blockade for over 60 years. In July 2015, though, the administration of then-President Barack Obama fully restored diplomatic relations with Cuba.

But President Donald Trump began to partially roll back that historic rapprochement as soon as he took office in early 2017.

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Cuban President Considers Relations with Russia Are Exemplary

Cuba and Russia have relations that are an example for the whole world, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Friday, after an busy day of meetings with political leaders and officials in Moscow.

Relations between Cuba and Russia are referential and an example for the whole world of ties between a great power and a small island, where links of peoples and friendship prevail, with ties that are impossible to destroy. We are going to continue to foster that friendship, he noted.

Diaz Canel, who is on his first visit to Russia and on his first tour abroad as Cuba's head of State, met in the Kremlin with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, who conveyed his best wishes and cordial greetings to Comrade Raul Castro.

Relations between Russia and Cuba have evolved over decades and were initially marked by a special strategic nature. We are united by friendship, support and mutual help,' Putin said.

The Russian president highlighted the 17-percent growth in bilateral trade last year.

We have made important achievements in several strategic areas for the development of our countries. Our relations are at a high level, especially in the political field, said the Cuban leader, who invited Putin to visit Cuba in 2019.

Diaz-Canel also met with the speaker of the Duma (Russian Lower House), Viacheslav Volodin, and the president of the Council of the Federation (Senate), Valentina Matvienko, as well as the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Guennadi Ziuganov.

During the meetings, the Cuban president thanked Russia for its support for his country's just struggle against the US blockade, and described as significant his arrival in Moscow on Thursday, coinciding with Cuba's new victory at the United Nations.

It was sentimental to arrive in Russia, the first people who came to support Cuba when the US blockade was imposed on us, precisely when we learned about our victory at the UN, which was, moreover, 10 defeats in only one by the United States, said, Diaz-Canel when commenting on the approval by 189 votes in favor and only two votes against (United States and Israel) of the resolution submitted by Cuba at the UN to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States.

The Cuban leader stressed that now, when we update our economic model and when it is vital for us to develop strategic sectors, such as energy, tourism or biotechnology, we have the presence of Russian companies in those spheres, he stressed.

The Cuban leader considered that it is necessary to build bridges, instead of building walls in the world and, in that regard, he pointed out that relations with the United States have undergone a rollback, after what we had achieved with Barack Obama's administration to begin a process of reestablishing diplomatic relations, he noted.

With US President Donald Trump, everything has gone backwards, like the blockade, because he has tightened the financial persecution and the measures to restrict US citizens from traveling to Cuba and prevent relations between US business people and Cuba, Diaz-Canel underlined.

Trump also reinforced his Cold War rhetoric and his administration is very prolific in warnings and threats against Cuba, he pointed out.

For his part, Voloshin said that he expects this visit to boost bilateral relations and that more Russian tourists will go to Cuba. In 2017, more than 100,000 Russian holidaymakers traveled to the Caribbean island, he recalled.

Diaz-Canel emphasized at his meetings the importance of Russia's role in the world with its stance in the international arena and its contribution to the solution of conflicts in the world.

The Cuban president's visit confirms the close strategic partnership between the two countries, which oppose the policy of sanctions and blockades that endanger security and stability in international relations.

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Cuban President Meets with France PM (+Photos)

Paris, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel was welcomed in this capital on Wednesday by French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, in a stopover in Paris on his trip to Russia.

The French head of government received Diaz-Canel at the Matignon Palace where the two leaders are scheduled to have a working lunch, according to the agenda.

Diaz-Canel embarked on tour that includes Russia, China, Vietnam, North Korea and Laos.

According to the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry, the tour will take place between November 1 and 12. The Cuban Statesman will be received by the top authorities of State and Government of those nations, with which he will address bilateral relations as well as international matters of common interest

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Cuba's President Remembers Camilo Cienfuegos

Havana, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel remembered on Sunday Camilo Cienfuegos, 59 years after his death, by evoking a quote about the hero by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

'As the Commander in Chief stated: 'Among the Cuban people there are many Camilos.' This is our people, this is our youth. For that reason, among others, #SomosCuba (We are Cuba) and we continue claiming in #Cuba: #NoMasBloqueo #UnblockCuba,' he wrote on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

At 59 years of his death, Cuba remembers on Sunday Camilo Cienfuegos, Commander of the Rebel Army led by Fidel Castro.

Known as 'The Hero of Yaguajay' and 'The Lord of the Vanguard,' Camilo died on October 28, 1959, when the plane on which he returned to Havana fell into the water.

His remains were never found, hence the Cuban people's tradition to bring flowers to the sea.

Born on February 6, 1932 in Havana, Cienfuegos was an expedition member of the Granma yacht, and stands out as one of the fundamental pillars of the armed heroic deed that overthrew the dictator Fulgencio Batista's tyranny.

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Despite Blockade, the Revolution Continues, Cuban President Says

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Saturday that despite the hostility of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade, the Revolution continues, faithful to its principles.

'Despite the #blockade, hostility, political maneuvers and the actions #the United States carries out to impose a regime change in #Cuba, the #Cuban Revolution is here, alive and strong, firm, faithful to its principles! #NoMasBloqueo #UnblockCuba #SomosCuba,' the president posted on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB. A few days ago, the head of State demanded an end to that genocidal policy that Washington has maintained against Cuba for almost six decades.

'We will continue to demand tirelessly the end to the cruel economic, commercial and financial blockade of #Cuba and just compensation for our people due to the economic and material damage caused in so many years of aggression. #NoMasBloqueo #UnblockCuba #SomosCuba', Diaz-Canel posted.

On October 31, the United Nations General Assembly will vote for the 27th consecutive year on a draft resolution calling for the end of the US siege of Cuba.

Since 1992, the initiative has had a majority support at UN's main deliberative body.

On the last three occasions, 191 of all 193 UN member states supported the resolution. In 2017, only the United States and Israel voted against it.

For 26 years, the international community has supported similar initiatives in the multilateral body, where the US siege has been described as a crime, injustice, a violation of human rights, an obstacle to development and a vestige of the Cold War.

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