Vietnamese Party delegation visits Cuba to boost traditional ties

A delegation of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) led by Hoàng Trung Hải, Politburo member of the CPV and Secretary of the Hà Nội City Party Committee, paid a working visit to Cuba from September 9-13.

During the visit, Hải met with Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba.

At these meetings, the two sides exchanged experience in building socialism in each country and affirmed their determination to promote socio-economic cooperation to further deepen the long-standing friendship between Việt Nam and Cuba.

Hải informed the Cuban leaders about the outcomes of the delegation’s working trip and affirmed the Vietnamese people’s consistent sentiments and support to the revolutionary cause of the fraternal Cuban people.

At a reception for the Vietnamese Party delegation, José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, highlighted the special brotherhood between the two Parties, Governments and peoples as the two nations will celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in December 2020.

He also shared difficulties and challenges that the Cuban people are encountering due to the complicated situation in the region and the world.

The Vietnamese official said he believed that with the strong will, experience and the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban people will overcome these obstacles to push ahead with their development path.

Hải affirmed that Việt Nam has been and will always stand side by side with the Cuban people in any circumstances.

At the talks with Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, Secretary of the Havana Party Committee, Hải voiced his hope that the two capital cities will have more cooperation projects in the future to make practical contributions to the development of bilateral traditional relations.

During his working visit to Cuba, Hải also worked with Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz to discuss cooperation in potential fields.

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Cuba Sends Humanitarian Aid to the Bahamas

The first shipment of humanitarian aid sent by Cuba to the Bahamas, an archipelago severely damaged by category 5 Hurricane Dorian last week, was received by Captain Stephen Russell, director of the National Emergency Management Agency of that nation.

Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, director general for Latin America and the Caribbean of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, posted on Twitter that “the first part of #Cuba’s humanitarian aid arrived in Bahamas. It was received by Captain Stephen Russell, @nemabahamas Government of #Bahamas thanks the
Government and people of #Cuba.

On the Cuban side the shipment was delivered by Raciel Proenza, deputy director general of Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Trade (MINCEX) and Ambassador of Cuba Ismara Vargas.

Proenza told Prensa Latina news agency that in the next few days another Cuban vessel with new supplies will arrive in the Bahamas. Likewise, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in its Twitter profile that “after the passage of #HuracanDorian, permanent communication has been maintained between the authorities of #Cuba and #Bahamas, to coordinate the aid offered by #Cuba.

Our collaborators have joined the recovery efforts in the brotherly Caribbean country. More than 60 of these aid workers are in the Bahamas, most of them in the educational sector, and according to press reports all of them are in good health and in full dedication to the tasks of repairing the damages and recovering as much as possible in that archipelago, where Dorian hit last September 1 as a category 5 hurricane, leaving at least 50 dead, more than 2,500 missing and billions of dollars in damages.

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PM Skerrit calls for removal of blockade against Cuba

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling on the United States (US) government to remove the unjust blockade against Cuba.

He was speaking during a ceremony held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Over 60 Cuban construction brigades were recognized at that ceremony.

They have been on island for the past 14 months to assist in the country’s recovery efforts post Hurricane Maria.

The United States currently imposes a commercial, economic, and financial embargo against Cuba. The United States first imposed an embargo on the sale of arms to Cuba on March 14, 1958, during the Fulgencio Batista regime.

“I will always stand in defense of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cuba,” Skerrit said. “Cuba has a right to self-determination and we will continue to call on the United States government to remove this unjust blockade against the Cuban people and the great people of the Cuban Revolution.”

He continued, “I will do so as a matter of principle and as it is said we can always negotiate words, but we must never negotiate principle.”

Skerrit said Dominica’s commitment to Cuba and its people, its independence and its sovereignty is unquestionable.

“This is why we have always opposed sanctions on countries, because sanctions only bring hardship to the ordinary men and women of countries,” he stated. “But not withstanding the sanctions on the Cuban people, see what they have done to humanity, see the contributions they have made to the world.”

Furthermore, he said the Cubans who have been assisting Dominica for the past 14 months have been exceptional ambassadors of the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban government.

“You have touched the lives of many ordinary citizens in Dominica, who, without you, would have had a difficulty in getting a roof back over their heads in quick time,” Skerrit said.

Meantime, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Chandler Hyacinth said the Cubans have made their mark.

“You have made your mark, 185 homes rebuilt,” she said.”The 14 rooms at the Dominica State College (DSC) that they re-covered and the primary schools that they reconstructed, in particular the Colihaut Primary School and now the Salisbury Primary School and you also did some work at the Dublanc Pre-School.”

She thanked the Cuban team immensely for their contribution to the country’s resilience building efforts.

“In particular, we admire and we give praises to you for the quality of work that you have delivered, the dedication and commitment that you have shown towards the efforts. We have learnt from your commitment and dedication to task,” Hyacinth stated.

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CUBA SENDS DOCTORS AND TEACHERS TO HURRICANE HIT BAHAMAS

"As is always the case with Cuban cooperators in other parts of the world, in the face of these disasters, everyone will [also] contribute their efforts in the recovery stage."

Cuba’s government confirmed on Wednesday that they have sent a number of doctors and teachers to areas of the Bahamas which have been hit by Hurricane Dorian. The Cuban workers will assist local authorities in emergency relief, though they will also stay afterwards to help rebuild the country’s medical and education services in the affected areas.

Cuba’s ambassador to the Bahamas Ismara Vargas spoke to Prensa Latina on Wednesday, confirming that over 60 Cuban workers have been sent to the Bahamas so far. They have been sent to Abaco and Grand Bahama, the areas of the country that have been hit hardest by Hurricane Dorian.

Vargas commented, "as is always the case with Cuban cooperators in other parts of the world, in the face of these disasters, everyone will [also] contribute their efforts in the recovery stage."

Cuban Medical internationalism is a legacy of the revolution. Huge numbers of doctors are sent abroad to work across the global south, offering medical services to low income and isolated communities around the world.

Those doctors and teachers will face a tough challenge in the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Caribbean, and is the worst storm the Bahamas has had to face. The death toll is currently at 7, with as many as 13,000 homes in the country now destroyed or severely damaged, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Dorian is expected to reach the U.S. where huge evacuation operations have begun.

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Cuba reiterates solidarity with Iran in face of US hostilities

According to the Cuban News Agency, the head of Cuban diplomacy pointed to the meeting with Iranian envoy in a tweet where he described Iran as a friend country.

He pointed out that in the meeting both parties ratified the will to continue strengthening bilateral ties, which are 40 years since diplomatic relations were re-established.

The authorities of Cuba and Iran have repeatedly denounced that the US administration resorts to unilateral sanctions and threats to destabilize those countries.

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The U.S. government allocates millions of dollars to obstruct Cuban medical cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces and strongly condemns the United States government’s recent aggression against Cuba through a USAID program to finance projects and seek information to discredit and sabotage Cuba's international health care cooperation in dozens of countries, benefitting millions of people. This plan joins the disgraceful pressure exerted on several governments to hamper Cuban cooperation, and previous attempts with the same purpose such as the special “parole” program meant to rob human resources trained in Cuba.

The core of this immoral slander is the totally unfounded allegation that Cuba is involved in the trafficking of persons and practices slavery, attempting to denigrate the meritorious work done voluntarily, over a long period of our history, by hundreds of thousands of Cuban health professionals and technicians in many countries, especially in the Third World.

This is an attack on bilateral programs and inter-governmental cooperation projects, all legitimately established by the Cuban government and those of dozens of countries, adhering to United Nations guidelines regarding South-South cooperation and meeting health standards sovereignly defined by the governments involved.

This is an attack against acts of solidarity that have been recognized by the international community and praised specifically by the highest authorities in the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.

These lies reveal the base morality of the U.S government and politicians dedicated to the business of aggression against Cuba. The campaign is funded with millions of dollars and enjoys the complicity of several mass media outlets, in particular, unscrupulous reporters who sacrifice their supposed impartiality and objectivity to serve the political interests of the U.S. government.

For decades and today, in nations with unfavorable economic conditions, this cooperation has been, and is, provided as a gesture of solidarity, with costs covered practically in their totality by Cuba. Likewise, in line with United Nations conceptions on cooperation between developing nations, services are offered in several countries on the basis of complementarity and partial compensation.

This exchange is completely fair and legitimate among developing countries, many of which have natural riches, economies, and industrial development greater than Cuba’s, but lack the human resources our state has been able to create – disinterested, humanist professionals willing to work under the most difficult conditions, on their own free will; and a conception of health care coverage that years of experience have allowed us to construct.

Cuban technicians and professionals who participate in these programs do so absolutely freely and voluntarily. During the fulfillment of their missions, they continue to receive their full salaries and additionally receive a stipend in the destination country, along with other forms of compensation.

In those cases in which Cuba receives compensation for the cooperation provided, these collaborators are meritoriously making a highly valuable, fair, and totally legitimate contribution to the financing, sustainability, and development of our massive, free healthcare system that is accessible to each and every Cuban, as well as cooperation programs that are carried out in many parts of the world.

Access to health care is a human right and the United States is committing a crime when it attempts to deny or obstruct its provision for political reasons or as an act of aggression.

Havana, August 29, 2019

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Cuban Ambassador Highlights Relations with Syria

Cuba's ambassador, Miguel Porto Parga, highlighted this Saturday in an interview with the national agency SANA, his country''s ties with Syria on the 54th anniversary of relations between the two nations.

In the information, the Cuban diplomat underscored the coincidences of both nations in the defense of sovereignty, independence and support for just causes in the world against the coercive measures of the United States.

Syria and Cuba are celebrating the 54th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this month at a time when they continue to face challenges and a common enemy represented by the United States, which imposes an economic embargo on the peoples of both countries, Porto said.

Our country, the ambassador stressed, will participate in the activities of the 61st edition of the Damascus International Fair despite the economic embargo imposed on Cuba, and explained that the Cuban pavilion will include Cuban products related to life-saving technology and medicines.

He also reviewed Syrian Cuban relations since the time of contacts between the leaders of the two countries, Fidel Castro and Hafez Al Assad, among other issues of mutual interest.

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ICAP Sends Condolence Message on Death of a Dear Friend of Cuba

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) sent a message of condolence on the death of a close friend of the island, Granada-born Dr. Winston Thomas, the Foreign Ministry highlighted this Friday.

'We join his family and friends in this moment of pain and wish to offer our deepest condolences,' ICAP noted.

The text recalls that Thomas graduated in Cuba and since his return to Granada was linked to the work of the Solidarity Movement, actively strengthening the ties of sisterhood between the two peoples.

He also offered unconditional support to Cuba and permanently condemned the US economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed for almost six decades.

At all times, we had Thomas' support, the note stresses, and adds that 'we are proud of his professionalism, humanistic sense and solidarity vocation; he has gone physically but his spirit will remain with us.' The funeral of Dr. Winston Thomas will be held on August 23.

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