Cuba, Ireland will strengthen relations, says President Diaz-Canel

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, expressed confidence today that his first official visit to Ireland will help strengthen and expand relations with this European nation.

'We have felt a warm welcome upon our arrival in beautiful Ireland. We are sure that bilateral relations will strengthen and expand,' the president wrote in his Twitter account, @DiazCanelB, shortly after arriving in this capital.

The Head of State was received at the airport tarmac by the local Foreign Ministry's Protocol Director, Emma Madigan, and the official welcome will take place on Monday when he meets his Irish peer, Michael Higgings.

As part of his agenda, Diaz-Canel and his entourage are visiting sites of historical and cultural interest on Sunday.

During his two-day stay in Dublin, the first stopover of a European tour that will also take him to Belarus, Russia and Azerbaijan, the Cuban President will also pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Diaz-Canel is traveling with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, and the director of the European Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Alba Soto.

The Cuban delegation will wind up the European tour in Baku where the President and the accompanying officials will attend the Summit of the Non Aligned Movement.

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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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Diaz-Canel: Nothing is more important in Cuba than the life of a child

Havana, October 14 (RHC)-- President Miguel Diaz-Canel conveyed his condolences to the parents of Paloma Dominguez Caballero, the one-year-infant who died on October 9 because of health complications resulting from an adverse reaction to a Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.

Diaz-Canel wrote on his twitter account that the Public Health Ministry is investigating the event and is taking good care of the other children hospitalized.

 “The political manipulation of adversaries offends and hurts. Nothing is more important to the Cuban Revolution than the life of a child,” he stressed.

A note from the Ministry of Public Health issued Saturday reported about an incident in Habana del Este municipality in which five children reacted adversely to the vaccination and were hospitalized. Of them, Paloma Dominguez died.

No similar incidents have been reported anywhere else on the island.

As a result of this unfortunate event, enemies of the Cuban Revolution have unleashed a political campaign of manipulation intending to tarnish the image of Cuba and its health system, which enjoys worldwide recognition for its achievements.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuba's President heads inauguration of university headquarters

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel heads on Saturday the inauguration of the new headquarters of the University of Artemisa in the western province of Artemisa.

Diaz-Canel, the elected president of the Republic on October 10 by the National Assembly of People's Power, participates in the event along with two vice-presidents of the Ministerial Council and the highest authorities of the territory.

The new headquarters of the University of Artemisa will host the Pedagogical and Social and Humanistic Sciences schools.

He served as Minister of Higher Education from 2009 to 2012.

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Vietnam congratulates newly-elected Cuban leaders

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong on October 11 sent a message of congratulations to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez on his election as President of the Republic of Cuba.

Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also cabled a congratulatory message to Esteban Lazo Hernandez on his election as President of the Cuban Council of State.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh extended her congratulations to Salvador Valdes Mesa on his election as Vice President of the Republic of Cuba.

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Xi sends congratulations to Diaz-Canel, new Cuban president elected at the national assembly

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, sent congratulatory messages on Friday after Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected the president of Cuba.

The election took place at a legislative session of the National Assembly of People's Power, the country's parliament, on Thursday.

Currently serving as the president of the Council of State and Ministers, Diaz-Canel received 579 votes in favor from the 580 deputies present in the election. He will be in office until 2023.

Salvador Valdes Mesa, 74, was elected vice president.

In the congratulatory message to newly-elected President Diaz-Canel, Xi said the two countries have built a strong friendship over the past fifty years, and they are "good friends, good partners and good brothers" that sincerely trust each other and share the same fate.

He said China is willing to work with the Cuban president to deepen and expand bilateral cooperation, and achieve new accomplishments in a new era.

In a separate message to Raul Castro, who remains the first secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, Xi said he wants to maintain close communications with Castro so as to push China-Cuba friendship further forward.

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Cuban president: The Revolution is a struggle for the future

The Revolution is a struggle for the future of Cuba, stated Miguel Diaz-Canel today, on being elected and proclaimed President of the Republic of Cuba by the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP).

Diaz-Canel's speech was largely addressed to Cuban youth, who represent the future of the nation, he said.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel thus offered his inauguration speech for a term of office through 2023, which could be renewed for another five years, according to the Constitution approved in April.

He reiterated his call to 'think as a country' as he denounced that the United States is intensifying its hostility and tightening the economic, financial and commercial blockade against the island.

He also referred to the current global situation, marked by what he described as Washington's illegality in its policy of punishing and subverting third countries.

He was explicit in condemning the attempt to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and in his support for the constitutional government of the South American nation.

Diaz-Canel rejected the use of the United Nations General Assembly platform to lie about Cuba and its humanitarian international medical cooperation, as well as to seek intervention, including military intervention, against other countries.

He criticized a world in which the judiciary is used to imprison progressive leaders and persecute social activists.

A world that alarms us all as we watch the Amazon burn, he emphasized.

The Cuban president pointed out that in the face of this reality, Cuba strengthens its defense and its economy. In this regard, he called to be more efficient, make savings and to increase exports of goods and services.

Diaz-Canel congratulated his compatriots today, the 151st anniversary of the beginning of Cuba's independence wars. October 10, 1868, was the first day of freedom, he stressed.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel elected President of the Republic of Cuba

Miguel-Diaz-Canel was elected President of the Republic of Cuba this Thursday, by absolute majority of National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP, Cuban Parliament) members, in a free, direct and secret vote, during the Fourth Extraordinary Session of this legislative body.

In the parliamentary session, held in Havana's International Conference Center, Salvador Valdes was also elected Vice President of Cuba.

Both leaders thus received a mandate through 2023, when the current legislature of the Cuban Parliament ends.

Among his duties, the President of the Republic must fulfill and ensure respect for the Constitution and laws, as well as representing the State and directing its general policy.

He must also govern foreign policy, relations with other States, and defense and national security.

At the next legislative session, Diaz-Canel must present before the ANPP the members of the Council of Ministers.

The voting today comes following the entry into force of the new Constitution of the Republic of Cuba in April this year.

Born in 1959, Diaz-Canel is a Cuban engineer and professor. A member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, he was the first secretary of the political organization in the provinces of Villa Clara and Holguin.

He also served as Minister of Higher Education and vice-president of the Council of Ministers.

In the historic session this Thursday, the ANPP also elected its president, vice president and secretary, who will occupy the same positions in the Council of State, as well as the other members of that body.

The President will have three months to propose a Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, as well as Provincial Governors, all of which are new posts created according to the Constitution approved by the Cuban people in February of this year.

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