"Cuba doesnot betray its Brothers": Ratifies Support for Venezuela

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in Hà Nội on Tuesday, pledging to encourage Vietnamese firms’ investment in the Caribbean nation.

Welcoming the delegation to Việt Nam for a meeting of the Việt Nam-Cuba Intergovernmental Committee, Phúc said Việt Nam was delighted at the socio-economic achievements Cuba had obtained recently, noting that the two peoples had a special and faithful relationship that was increasingly consolidated.

Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz vowed every effort to help the inter-governmental committee work effectively.

He said although the Cuban economy was facing numerous difficulties due to sanctions, it was still striving to move forwards. He also appreciated Việt Nam’s rice supply for his country and expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Government would create conditions for businesses to continue the provision.

Highlighting both countries’ resolve to raise bilateral trade to US$500 million in 2020, the official said Cuba wanted to boost exports to Việt Nam, especially healthcare services and biological products, and also wished to attract more investment from the Southeast Asian nation as there are many Vietnamese firms operating effectively in Cuba at present.

Cuba was considering mechanisms and policy improvements to better its investment climate and attract more foreign investment, he noted, adding that as Việt Nam was experienced in agriculture, his country hoped Việt Nam would assist in this field.

As the two countries mark 60 years of their diplomatic relationship in 2020, they should work closely together to organise many practical celebratory activities so as to further promote the traditional friendship, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said.

He added Cuba highly valued Việt Nam’s growing role and stature, especially when Việt Nam will serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-21 and the ASEAN chair next year.

At the reception, Phúc said the Communist Party and people of Việt Nam always kept in mind the strong support and wholehearted assistance from the Communist Party and people of Cuba during the struggle for national independence and reunification in the past as well as the building of a socialist nation at present.

Việt Nam would continue to work closely with Cuba to ensure stable rice supply and promote its investment in the Caribbean country, he affirmed.

Regarding agricultural co-operation, Việt Nam was ready to assist Cuba on the basis of the latter’s potential and advantages, he said, welcoming Cuba’s intention to boost the export of healthcare services to Việt Nam.

The PM also asked the two countries’ ministries and sectors to continue researching solutions to advance bilateral relations in a result-oriented manner.

He stressed that Việt Nam always supported the Cuban people’s just fight and consistently advocated Cuba’s stance at UN forums.

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No More Trump Campaign reaches 11 million Signatures in Venezuela

Caracas, Sep 10 (Prensa Latina) The 'No more Trump' global campaign, in repudiation of the US-imposed blockade against Venezuela, has gathered 11 million signatures in this South American nation, President Nicolas Maduro reported.

During a meeting of the National Defense Council held on Monday, the head of State noted that the Venezuelan people had signed in rejection of Washington's coercive measures, which generate millions in losses, as well as difficulties in purchasing medical supplies and food to meet the needs of the nation.

In early August, through an executive decree, the Trump administration approved new restrictions against the Bolivarian Republic, ordering the freezing of all Venezuelan assets in the US, as well as banning commercial and financial transactions.

In response to this new onslaught, a global campaign to collect signatures has been carried out since August 10. The letter of condemnation and accompanying signatures will be handed over to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is urged to speak against the US government sanctions.

With a walk and bike ride, Venezuelans expressed their rejection of the executive order signed by the US president and assured they would not allow this imperialist offensive to cut short the process of freedom achieved until now.

Social and political movements from several countries have joined the campaign, which will conclude September 10.

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Cuba launches anti-Trump signature drive in solidarity with Venezuela

According to Xinhua, signatures collected in Cuba this week will be added to millions of signatures already collected in Venezuela as part of the "No More Trump" campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Washington's sanctions on the economy of the South American country.

"Cubans will join signature drive demanding the end of the brutal aggression on Venezuela," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said via Twitter.

Consuelo Baeza, a leader of the Workers Central Union of Cuba, said the measure also aims to signal that Havana's close ties to Caracas "will remain unchanged despite the attacks and threats" of the Donald Trump administration.

More than 10 million Venezuelans have signed a letter that will be delivered to the secretary-general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, denouncing coercive U.S. tactics and claiming the right "to live in peace without foreign interference."

Sanctions barring Venezuela from carrying out trade and financial transactions have made it difficult to import basic foods and medicines.

The White House backs Venezuela's far-right opposition and its bid to oust Maduro from power.

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Venezuela Sends 3,000 Soldiers To Colombian Border

Venezuela deployed more than 3,000 troops to its Colombian border on Thursday after the South American nation declared an orange alert.

“More than 3,000 men and women from the FANB (National Bolivarian Armed Forces) are in perfect operational readiness along the Colombian border,” said government representative Freddy Bernal in a statement, according to Cuban state news agency Prensa Latina.

On Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro government declared the orange alert at Colombian border due to the ”threat of military aggression” from the neighboring country.

“It’s just one more tension,” Bernal evaluated on the current relations between two countries and added: “We won’t reach any kind of conflict.”

Maduro also announced Wednesday a military exercise called “Peace and Sovereignty” to begin on Sept. 10 until Sept. 28 throughout the western border of the country.

“It is an exercise for peace, for Venezuela to be respected. To say that we are not willing to be a colony (…) we have the highest quality technological anti-missile system in Latin America, that we have already deployed and in due course details will be given about this exercise,” Bernal said.

“Colombia does not attack anyone, this is a country that always respects the territorial integrity of other nations,” President Ivan Duque told reporters for his part.

Venezuela’s relations with neighboring Colombia has been undergoing a new phase of deterioration after the former second in command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced the rebel group’s rearmament in a video message last week.

Duque blamed Maduro administration for the sudden reappearance of FARC.

In July, Maduro praised former leaders of FARC Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santrich, saying that two “are welcome in Venezuela” and called them “leaders of peace.”

Colombia and FARC reached a peace deal in November 2016, ending more than 50 years of conflict between the two sides.

Duque threw his support behind Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido after the South American nation has been embroiled in political unrest as Maduro and Guaido engage in a power battle at the beginning of 2019.

Colombia also participated in the failed U.S. aid mission to bring truckloads of supplies from Cucuta, Colombia to Venezuela.

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Cuban Pres. asserts US fails against Venezuela, attacks Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel asserted on Saturday that the US Government has failed in its policy against Venezuela and attacks Cuba by further imposing economic sanctions that hurt the people.

'New US sanctions against Cuba. Lies, slander and hypocrisy used as pretext by the US Government to harden the blockade. Due to its failure in Venezuela it lashes out Cuba. We will resist and overcome,' Díaz-Canel wrote in his Twitter account.

'What most affects the Cuban people is the unfair, criminal and prolonged blockade; policy that has failed and is rejected by the international community. The empire uses lies and hypocrisy as a pretext,' added the Head of State in another tweet.

Díaz-Canel reiterated on Twitter his alert about the danger of hegemony and quoted the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro: '... today you cannot talk about a United Nations system; ... what really exists today is a system of domination of almost every country in the world by a small group of powers that, under the aegis of the United States, determine all matters ...'

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Venezuela deploys troops on Colombian border

Caracas, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 3,000 men and women from the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) are deployed this Friday along the border with Colombia, announced Freddy Bernal, protector of the state of Tachira.

A commission led by Bernal and border Constituent Assembly member, William Parada, assessed the conditions in the area 48 hours after President Nicolas Maduro declared an alert in the region, given the possibility of an attack from the neighboring country, according to reports from the Protectorate's press office.

The high-ranking Bolivarian official reaffirmed that Colombia is trying to create false positives to destabilize Venezuela and said, 'It's just one more tension, we won't reach any kind of conflict. Unfortunately, this year has been very tough in Tachira, because of the repeated aggressions on the part of Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump.'

Military exercises are scheduled to begin September 10, with demonstrations of the different components, he added.

Bernal stressed, 'it is an exercise for peace, for Venezuela to be respected. To say that we are not willing to be a colony (...) we have the highest quality technological anti-missile system in Latin America, that we have already deployed and in due course details will be given about this exercise.'

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Venezuelans Continue Protests against US Blockade

Caracas, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is continuing on Monday another day of protests in rejection of the coercive measures signed by US President Donald Trump against this South American nation.

Students, workers and the people in general will gather in the central Simón Bolívar Square to sign a petition against the Washington blockade.

On Sunday, Carmen Zerpa, councilwoman for Libertador municipality in Caracas, highlighted how important is to participate in the signature gathering against the executive order issued by the Trump administration.

'Let's understand how important is for us to call for these sanctions be lifted,' Zerpa told the press.

She expressed gratitude for the will of the Venezuelan people who have participated in this process led by the Bolivarian Government, collecting signatures house-to-house, in major squares and in other areas of the city.

'People were moved, because they understood that it is an outrage, it is of serious harm to the nation and that is why the people have been deployed,' she added.

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Cuba, Canada Meet to Discuss US Intervention in Venezuela

President Diaz-Canel told Canada's foreign minister he was "concerned" about the damage caused to Venezuela and its population by U.S. "economic sanctions, siege policies and isolation that it has been subjected."

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel reiterated his country's solidarity with Venezuela during a meeting Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister Cynthia Freeland upon her official visit to Havana.

During the meeting, Diaz-Canel told Freeland of his "concern" about the damage being caused to Venezuela and its population by "economic sanctions, siege policies and isolation" as a result of the United States' blockade on the South American country.

The Cuban leader underscored his point by saying that the U.S. "Monroe Doctrine is a danger to the entire hemisphere," referring to its continual use by the Donald Trump administration to control the political and economic affairs of both Cuba and Venezuela.

The U.S. government earlier this month placed an all-out blockade on Venezuela and has threatened to cut off any vessels from entering or leaving its shores, while in Cuba, Trump has implemented the Helms-Burton Act that allows U.S. citizens to use the nation's courts to sue foreign companies linked to Cuban-nationalized real estate and land.

At today's meeting, the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, also present at the reunion, reiterated to his Canadian counterpart the solidarity of his country with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and proposed that Canada "contribute" to the elimination of the U.S. blockade.

Rodriguez said: "The resurgence of the unilateral coercive measures by the United States damages the Venezuelan people, and is contrary to international law and the dialogue process," underway between the Maduro government and opposition factions being mediated by Norway, Rodriguez told Freeland.

“In particular,” said Rodriguez, Cuba wants Canada to “reject the use and threat of use of force, and interference in the internal affairs of states" within the Americas.

Also at the discussion, Diaz-Canel thanked Freeland for her nation’s continual support to vote each year at the United Nations to end the nearly 60-year-old blockade on the island country. The two exchanged ideas about Cuban-Canadian bilateral relations and issues of "mutual interest."

The foreign ministers of Canada and Cuba held their first round of discussion about Venezuela in May in Cuba, while the second one took place June 7 in Ottawa.

Before arriving in Havana, Freeland said in a statement that "there is an international convergence on the need for a peaceful transition in Venezuela that results in free and fair elections and the return to democracy."

She said that the "long relationship" between Canada and Cuba said the visit would allow them to continue the previous talks.

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