Diaz Canel: No imperialist policy will deter Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel delivered the closing remarks to the 3rd ordinary session of the National Parliament, which passed three laws this Saturday, and elected the National Electoral Council, among other items on its agenda, after an intense week of work for lawmakers.

The Cuban head of State urged fellow citizens to think as a country and to all of those who love the Revolution to give themselves body and soul to the service of the nation, taking greater advantage of what he described as the Revolution´s most formidable and powerful strength:  its unity.

In his address, Diaz-Canel called on all citizens to take advantage of all the opportunities that open up for the national economy, be it in the business sector, the budgeted sector or the private sector, and untie the knots that tie it up.

The president highlighted the importance of the three laws that were approved during this session of the Parliament: the electoral law, the National Symbols law and the Fisheries law, after ample consultation processes.

The Cuban leader said that Cuba perseveres despite the limitations deriving from the reinforcement of US economic blockade, subversion and campaigns to discredit its Revolution.

Diaz-Canel pointed out that the United States does not understand that 60 years of aggressions have not been able to break the Cuban Revolution. “No imperialist policy will deter Cuba” he stressed.

Today --he added-- the call to defend the nation is indispensable …. The Cuban people is a wise people and has always reacted in an intelligent fashion, following the legacy of the historical leaders of the Revolution, Fidel and Raul Castro

“Along with that anti-imperialism that we carry in our veins, resulting from the suffering inflicted upon us for more than a century by the powerful neighbor who despises and attacks us, it is also necessary to feed the socialist sentiment that the Revolution sowed in our people, in the struggle to conquer all the justice that José Martí bequeathed to us,“ he said.

As part of that thinking, he urged public officials to serve the people, keeping a permanent vigilance on people’s views, using all the tools that can warn on time “when something is missing or failing.”

In his address, the Cuban president expressed the island´s support to the Bolivarian Revolution. He also announced that he will deliver the key address of the 26th of July celebration that will be held in Granma province, and will provide feedback on the implementation of recently announced economic package that among other measures, meant a pay raise to the budgeted sector.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Raúl and Díaz-Canel receive Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday afternoon received the Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, on an official visit to our country.

During the amicable meeting, the leaders discussed the deep bonds of brotherhood that unite the two peoples, parties, and governments, as well as their countries’ respective experiences in the construction of socialism. They likewise discussed the excellent state of bilateral relations and the implementation of agreements reached between Vietnam and Cuba, along with a number of topics on the international agenda.

The distinguished guest was accompanied by Nguyen Quoc Cuong, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nguyen Trung Thanh, ambassador to Cuba.

Also participating on the Cuban side were Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Political Bureau member and Foreign Minister; and ambassador in Vietnam, Lianys Torres Rivera.

As part of her agenda on the island, the distinguished visitor also met on July 8 with Salvador Valdés Mesa, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, among other activities.

Additionally, along with authorities from Cuba’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Vietnamese Vice President toured areas of the Los Palacios agro-industrial combine, in the province of Pinar de Río, in particular those involved in the cooperation project her country sponsors to support the development of rice production here.

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Cuba's President Describes Parliamentary Session as Historic

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, described on Monday as historic the third ordinary session of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly, during which new laws are expected to be passed.

In this assembly we must approve three laws, which will give coherence with what we have been saying with respect to broadening the legislative exercise to support the new Constitution, Diaz-Canel affirmed in the Convention Palace of Havana, where the commissions of the Parliament are meeting.

According to the President, the session takes on greater prominence because it is the first to be held after the approval of the new constitution, backed by the majority of Cubans in a popular referendum.

In particularizing on the bills, Diaz-Canel said the Electoral project will have great significance for the country, while the Fisheries includes new economic players who have emerged in the process of updating the Cuban model as the private sector.

He considered necessary the law on National Symbols 'in the current moments in which we face a fierce battle of ideas from all the colonizing platforms that want to impose us destroying our identity.' The bills will be submitted to next Saturday's plenary for analysis and subsequent approval.

From this Monday until Wednesday, the 10 commissions of the National Assembly of People's Power (Parliament) are in session.

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Cuban Economy Will Go for More, President Says

President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday stated that the Cuban economy is going for more despite a difficult international environment and the worsening of the US blockade against the island.

The president participated in discussions of the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of the third ordinary period of sessions of its 9th Legislature that opened on Monday.

Diaz-Canel announced about this issue that the economy grew more than expected in 2018 and the purpose is to achieve a modest increase despite the Washington-applied economic, financial and commercial siege 'that has not allowed us to deploy in full force.'

In his speech, he said that foreign investment projects are under way for several billion dollars and there are other projects aimed at reducing imports.

He urged to invest more in the Agriculture and Food industries and increase the quantity of cultivable land under irrigation, which is currently insufficient for national needs.

The head of State referred to measures for economic boost that include wage increase to the public sector and reiterated that 'popular wisdom,' was taken into account. It was expressed in direct contact with the population and in forums such as the Congress of the Cuban Workers' Union, bringing together all unions in the country.

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Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel awarded Angolan order Agostinho Neto

The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and the president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, were decorated with the Order Agostinho Neto, highest distinction given by the government of Angola, local media reported today.

This recognition was given by president of Angola, Joao Lourenço, at the Palace of the Revolution in this capital.

The Agostinho Neto Order was also granted the day before to the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Leopoldo Cintra, to the General of the Army Corps, Ramón Espinosa and post-mortem to the Brigadier General-Commander Raúl Díaz-Argüelles.

Raúl Castro -TV news program Buenos Días said- awarded the José Martí order to the president of Angola, Joao Lourenço, for his merits and value.

The distinction -highest awarded by the Cuban Council of State- was imposed on the African dignitary in the presence of his counterpart from the Caribbean island, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

'Cuba has been honored with his friendship since the difficult years of the war in Angola,' said the text released during the ceremony.

'We have received constant samples of his gratitude and affection towards our country and its historical leaders, which we will always appreciate,' he said.

The indestructible and excellent relationship between Angola and Cuba -continues the text- constitutes a paradigm of fraternal solidarity between two sister nations united by historical bonds of friendship, affection and mutual respect, forged from the very beginning with the Cuban nation and in the heat of the fighting for Angola's independence.

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Cuban President Leads Work Visit to Western Province

Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel is leading on Thursday a Council of Ministers visit to the western Pinar del Rio province.

Some weeks ago, Diaz-Canel led a working visit to the eastern province of Holguin, one of the main productive, industrial and tourist places in Cuba.

Since he took office on April 2018, the president assumed government tours of the country, as part of his working strategy.

In those territories, he checks the development of Cuban priority programs in social and economic areas, holds meetings with executives and talks with residents.

Known as Cuba's westernmost province, Pinar del Rio stands out for its beautiful natural landscapes, including the world-famous Viñales Valley.

The tobacco leaf is also harvested in its soils from which some of the most prestigious tobacco brands, highly coveted in the international market, are produced.

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Cuban President Highlights Meeting with Pastors for Peace

The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, today described as event of love, peace and solidarity, his meeting with members of the 30th Caravan Pastors for Peace.

A meeting between brothers, a fact of love, peace and solidarity, he wrote on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

The day before, Díaz-Canel received the caravanists from the United States, Canada and Mexico, headed by Gail Walker, daughter of the Reverend Lucius Walker, (1930-2010).

During the meeting, the Head of State expressed the gratitude of Cubans for the work of solidarity carried out by the Pastors for Peace.

For their part, visitors expressed their willingness to continue organizing their caravans of love and friendship in support to the largest of the Antilles.

The trip of the Pastors takes place in the middle of the worsening of the blockade by the Donald Trump administration on the largest of the Antilles, with the activation of Title III of the Helms Burton Act.

Recently, the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for the Community Organization IFCO-Pastors for Peace, Gail Walker, called to continue actions for the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial siege of Washington against Havana.

The Pastors for Peace caravan travels to Cuba since 1992.

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Helms-Burton Act is Illegal and Inapplicable, President of Cuba Says

Havana, June 3 (Prensa Latina) Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has reaffirmed on Monday that the Helms-Burton Act is illegal, unenforceable and has no legal value or effect.

Cuban President, on Twitter, referred to the Cuban Dignity and Sovereignty Reaffirmation Act, passed in 1996, in response to the US regulations codifying the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement on April 17 was strongly rejected by Cuba and other nations, so as to end the continuing suspensions of the Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

The clause openes the possibility for US citizens to file lawsuits in US courts against individuals or companies that 'traffic' with a nationalized property - legitimately - by the Cuban Government after 1959.

This legislation highlights the extraterritorial nature of the economic, financial and commercial US blockade against Cuba.

In a recent meeting, Cuban MPs and jurists restated that the nationalizations and corresponding compensations were made in accordance with the sovereign right of Cuba and foreign norms.

They stressed that Cuban law includes in its 14 articles the willingness to negotiate with Washington the pending nationalizations issues.

It also includes addressing the compensation owed to the State and the Cuban people for the 60-year aggression damages, always on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

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