Dialogue between shaking hands

What is often just a courtesy or protocol gesture, in others, tells a story of mutual respect, affection and trust without words.

Those arms that are lend trying to get the desired handshake tell a lot.

The most classical definitions indicate that handshake is used within nonverbal language for the starts or ends of our interaction with others; as much, for example, to begin a friendship or to open and close a deal.

It is said that such a gesture means equality and mutual respect for both parties and, as a social action, it influences the perception of the other person and the image we project of ourselves.

So, watching the images that have been released about the Cuban president shaking hands everywhere in his tour through Havana, watching the people really eager and crowding around him trying to greet him, it is worth explaining that definition of equality and mutual respect.

Equality, because all Cubans have the right to feel presidents ourselves, and because he, ultimately, is people too, and emerged from the people. Respect, because the people notice how much their president is doing to improve their life, to carry the country forward, and his handshake is conveying that message to them. On the other hand, when he gets his arm around someone’s shoulder, when he shakes hands here and there looking straight into the eyes of the people, he is telling them I am due to you, I admire you as a worker, as an honorable Cuban.

Yes, it tells a lot to watch Cubans crowding around, squeezing in on the streets and sidewalks to shake hands with the president.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

Raul Castro and Diaz-Canel Attending Key Session of Parliament

Havana, 21 Dec (PL) The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro, and President Miguel Diaz-Canel are attending on Friday a session of the National Assembly where the draft of the country's new Constitution is presented and will be submitted to plenary vote.

The beginning of the second ordinary period of the 9th Legislature at the Convention Center in Havana hosts the last legislative discussion of the draft that was enriched by opinions and proposals from the popular consultation held from August 13 to November 15, with the participation of almost nine million Cubans who made more than 780,000 suggestions.

Raul Castro headed the 33 representatives' commission in charge of drafting the Magna Carta to be supported in plenary by the parliamentarians in this ordinary period, which will continue Saturday, leading to a referendum -scheduled for February- so that the people can decide by direct and secret vote whether to approve it or not.

The draft Constitution consulted with Cubans living on and off the island underwent important changes, more than 750, based on citizens' criteria.

The initiative ratifies the Cuban socialist character and the governing role of the Communist Party in its society, modifies the structure of the State, broadens individual rights and recognizes various forms of property, including private property.

This Friday's plenary session will also address the results of the economy and projections for 2019 in terms of budget and economic plan.

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China Confirms Visit of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel

Beijing, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) China confirmed on Monday the first state visit to be made by the president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, in the coming days, at the invitation of host President Xi Jinping.

Lu Kang, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters that in addition to the Cuban statesma, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (El Salvador) and Danilo Medina (Dominican Republic) will also come to China between October 31 and November 8

Xi Jinping will receive and hold official talks with each of the three Latin American presidents.

Last Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, affirmed that Diaz-Canel's visit will further advance the long-term ties of Cuba and China.

Upon receiving the vice president of the Council of Ministers of the island, Ricardo Cabrisas, the FM assured that Xi attaches high importance to this trip, which is part of the first tour of the Cuban president by countries of Asia and Europe after taking office last April

Before, he had been to China in 2013 and 2015, but as vice president. Wang also reiterated Beijing's support to Havana in its just struggle for the defense of sovereignty and described the intimate friendship between the two nations as indestructible.

On the other hand, during the stay in Beijing of Sanchez Ceren and Medina, the embassies of their respective countries will be inaugurated here, which will seal the recent establishment of diplomatic ties with China.

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President Diaz-Canel Visits Cuban Central Province

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today began a working visit to this central province of the country, recently arrived from the Jamaican city of Montego Bay.

After attending the 39th Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, in Jamaica, Diaz-Canel began his first visit to this territory, after taking office on April 19.

The President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba participated as a special guest in the important regional meeting.

Diaz-Canel began his tour here in the municipality of Cabaiguan, particularly in the farm of the peasant Yoandry Rodriguez, considered the best producer of covered tobacco in the country.

During the meeting with the renowned producer, the Cuban President was interested in the damage caused in the area by last May's heavy rains.

He was also concerned to know how the peasants have faced the damages caused by excess moisture in the tobacco stored in the healing houses.

This Friday morning, according to the media, Diaz-Canel visited the neighboring province of Villa Clara.

There he learned about works executed by brigades of the Engineering Works Construction Company, while he inquired about the quality of the investments, the raw material used and the equipment available, among other details.

He then exchanged with directors of several agencies at the headquarters of the Villa Clara People's Power Assembly to evaluate the progress of the recovery, after the damages caused by the recent subtropical storm Alberto.

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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel leads Havana support group

Havana, June 25 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel participated in a meeting of the national leadership group over the weekend, established to support the capital, emphasizing that local residents must participate in the resolution of problems.

Necessary measures were adopted to address shortfalls in production and distribution of soy yogurt, beer, wheat and corn flour, salt, pasta and construction materials.

Addressing another sensitive issue, Díaz-Canel stressed that unscrupulous individuals must not be allowed to take advantage of government programs established to support Cuban families in the repair and construction of homes.

Also announced during the meeting were plans for summer recreational activities in Havana, while a report was presented on progress being made in repairing facilities in the city, as part of preparations for its 500th anniversary next year.

Edited by Ed Newma

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Cuban President Heads Opening of New Hematology Institute

Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended today the opening of a new headquarters of the Institute of Hematology and Immunology, a vital entity for diagnostic studies of these diseases and blood donation programs.

Diaz-Canel was accompanied by the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who inaugurated that institution on December 2, 1966, when he served as Minister of Public Health.

The event was also attended by the current Cuban Minister and Vice President Roberto Morales and the First Secretary of the PCC Provincial Committee, Lazara Mercedes Lopez.

In the opening remarks, its director Consuelo Macias, after recalling the beginnings of the scientific institution and some of its achievements in 52 years of work, listed some of the main projections for the next five years, including rising by 90 percent the level of cure of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

She also mentioned the introduction of traditional and massive sequencing to identify new diagnoses in hematology and immunological diseases, as well as to achieve more personalized treatments.

Macias considered essential in the sustained work of the center, the creation of the integrated program of the hemophiliac patient, its national registry and the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency, with multi-center projects extended to the 15 provinces of the nation.

The new entity, which now has 419 employees, has among its main objectives to develop scientific research and technological innovations applied to hematological, immunological, transfusion and regenerative medicine that include clinical trials with biotechnological products.

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Cuban President Congratulates Malaysia's New Prime Minister

Kuala Lumpur, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for his recent election, Cuban Ambassador Ibete Fernandez posted on her Facebook account today.

'The president of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, sends a congratulatory message to Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, on the occasion of his election as the prime minister of Malaysia,' the diplomat said.

Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in on May 10 as the prime minister, following his victory in the 14th general election in Malaysia.

His victory broke with more than six decades of uninterrupted government of the United Malays National Organization that forms part of the Barisan Nasional coalition, or National Front.

During the 14th general election held on May 9, the opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan or Pact for Hope, which brought Mahathir Mohamad to power, won 135 of 222 parliamentary seats to form a new Federal Government.

Mahathir was born on July 10, 1925, and when he took office, he became the longest-serving prime minister in the world.

He had already held that post for 22 years (1981-2003), also leading the United Malays National Organization.

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Raul Castro Expresses Confidence in New Cuban President

Havana, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Raul Castro today expressed confidence in the new president of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and lauded his fidelity to the Revolution and his political strength.

Diaz-Canel's election was not by chance. We have no doubts that due to his virtues, experience and dedication to work he will have absolute success in the task that our supreme body of the State's power has entrusted him, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba said.

In his closing speech at the session to constitute the 9th Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament) at Havana's Convention Center, Raul Castro highlighted Diaz-Canel's professional and political career.

The Army General spoke about his performance as the first secretary of the Communist Party in the provinces of Villa Clara and Holguín, and later as the minister of Higher Education and first vice-president of the Council of State.

Lawmaker Raul Castro announced today that at the upcoming session of the Cuban Parliament, in July, a commission would be proposed to present the draft of a new Constitution, and the changes would be discussed with the people and would be submitted to a popular referendum.

The new Cuban Constitution is among the priorities in the updating process under way in the country in order to strengthen its Revolution and move on in the construction of a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

Raul Castro pointed out that the new Constitution would not have changes in the strategic objective of the work of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the ruling body of society and the State.

That will remain and the people will support it undoubtedly, as they did a few decades ago (when in 1976 the current Constitution was approved), the first secretary of the PCC Central Committee noted.

He added that he would continue to be the PCC first secretary until 2021, a post for which he was ratified in 2016 at the 7th PCC Congress.

In that regard, Raul Castro mentioned the possibility that in 2021, Diaz-Canel would hold the post of PCC first secretary, as well as president of the Council of State and of Ministers, as it has been a practice in Cuba.

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