Cuban official warns of further setbacks in ties with U.S.

The Cuba-U.S. relations "are at a low point, but they can get worse" due to the "sinister plans" by Washington policy-makers, a Cuban official said here on Wednesday.

"Those responsible for the policy towards Cuba at the White House seek to abruptly end diplomatic ties," said Johana Tablada, deputy director of U.S. affairs at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, at the University of Havana's international conference on U.S. studies.

Tablada warned of serious setbacks in bilateral relations brought by the adoption of U.S. "extreme measures" against Cuba, which will affect the island country economically and politically.

The United States announced last week that it has banned cruise ships and group people-to-people educational travel to Cuba, a new move signaling its worsening ties with the Caribbean island.

"The U.S. government hasn't been able yet to find a sufficiently credible lie to continue imposing its policy against Cuba," said Tablada.

However, Washington could inflict further damage or completely end diplomatic relations, going against the interests of most U.S. people and businesses.

"We are immune to threats and pressures, although we are concerned about the suffering that might be caused upon our people with the application of these extreme measures," she said.

U.S.-Cuba ties have deteriorated under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has rolled back the detente initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.

In the last two years, official contacts and cooperation mechanisms between the two governments have been reduced to a minimum, she said.

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Namibia reaffirms unwavering support for Cuba

Windhoek-Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has reaffirmed Namibia’s unwavering support to and solidarity with the fraternal people of Cuba.

Speaking at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Pantheon of the Internationalist Combatants of the Cuba Revolution, at the Cristobal Colon Cemetery in Havana, Cuba, last week, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said in this regard, Namibia shall continue to demand the unconditional lifting of the inhumane and out-dated blockade against Cuba.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Namibia understands the challenges faced by the fraternal people of Cuba, be it the adverse nature, or the hostile foreign powers.

She said the resilience of the people of Cuba is a great source of inspiration to many.
“Every time Cuba is devastated by a natural disaster, they always courageously rise from that and rebuild. Over the period of 57 years, Cuba and its people have been subjected to an economic and financial blockade by the United States, and they have successfully withstood that too,” she said.

She said Namibia’s representation at the event is an acknowledgment of the role played by the Cuban internationalist combatants under the leadership of El Comandante-En-Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz in turning the tide of history in Africa and particularly in Southern Africa.

“Cuba under the leadership of EL Comandate-En-Jefe Fidel Castro played a decisive role both in the struggle for freedom and independence helping the people of Africa to achieve social and economic development after attainment of their independence. Hence, the history of the struggle of African people, especially Southern Africa, will be incomplete without mentioning the role played by Cuba, especially its sons and daughters whose remains are interred here and their names are inscribed in this pantheon,” she said.

“We call to mind how our friendship was cemented through battles such as: Cangamba, Techipa, Calueque, Cuito Cuanavale and the rescue mission for unarmed Namibian survivors of the racist South African military raid at Cassinga,” she added.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says these African sites and many others, are nourished with the blood of some of the heroes interred here.

“It is, therefore, fitting to say that this place symbolizes the fraternal bonds of the people of Cuba and Africa,” she added.

She said these martyrs have earned a special place in the hearts of the African people and a noble golden page in the annals of our history.

“Our presence here today is to pay tribute to them for their acts of fortitude,” she said.
“We devote ourselves to the task of strengthening and deepening the bonds of friendship and solidarity between our countries and our people. In doing so, we assure them that their sacrifice has been and shall never be in vain,” she added.

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Diaz-Canel Stresses Nicaragua's Social and Economic Achievements

Managua, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stressed the social and economic achievements of Nicaragua, after arriving in Managua today to participate in the celebrations for the 37th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution. "As a result of the Sandinista Front led by Commander Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua is today a free, sovereign and independent, peaceful, anti-imperialist country. It has achieved significant social and economic successes," Diaz-Canel told the press at Managua airport.

The Cuban first vice president stated that he was very happy to be in Nicaragua celebrating 37 years of revolution and victory alongside the people and the government .

"Nicaragua and Cuba are united by strong historical ties of brotherhood and cooperation and Ortega is a key figure in the history of this Central American nation," he said.

"Ortega has been loyal to the legacy of the Sandinista Front, and I think that every time the victory of the Sandinista Revolution is celebrated with the Sandinista government and with Daniel leading the government, we are also paying a tribute to the history of Sandino, Carlos Fonseca and all the fighters who fought for the independence of Nicaragua," he said.

Diaz-Canel leads a delegation consisting of Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, and the Cuban ambassador to Nicaragua, Eduardo Martinez.

Representatives from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Vietnam and Venezuela, among others, have also arrived in the country.

The festivities began early today and the main event will be held in the afternoon.

The event will be led by Ortega and the coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo.

On July 19th, 1979, the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) ended the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the last of that family who held power. Since then, the FSLN have promoted a series of important changes in the country.

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Maduro Says Venezuela Open to Respectful Relations with US

The U.S. government was forced to adopt a more conciliatory position after OAS member-states backed efforts at dialogue.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed the prospect of normalized relations with the United States after Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced there would be high-level meetings to improve the relationship between the two countries.

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“We are ready … to have respectful relations with the United States, with the government of President Obama and the governments to come,” said Maduro.

“We can coexist. If (the United States) can coexist with China, Vietnam, and Cuba, why not Venezuela?” asked Maduro.

Relations between Venezuela and the United States have been icy for over a decade but took a turn for the worse after the United States declared Venezuela to be a threat to its national security.

President Maduro accuses the United States government of conspiring with the Venezuelan opposition to oust him from office.

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The United States, however, suffered an embarrassment at the recent General Assembly of the Organization of American States when member-states rejected Secretary-General Luis Almagro's efforts to have Venezuela suspended from the regional bloc.

Instead member-states accepted a request from Venezuela to review the behavior of Almagro to determine if he stepped out of line with his polemic and undiplomatic statements aimed at the Venezuelan government.

In light of the dynamics that played out at the OAS, Kerry took a decidedly different line, saying they too did oppose suspending Venezuela from the bloc.

Almagro has held meetings with the leadership of the opposition controlled National Assembly and championed their cause at the OAS.

The leadership of the National Assembly, however, was chastised by the Venezuelan Supreme Court for encroaching on the constitutional duties of the executive. 

The 1999 Venezuelan Constitution specifies that the President is in charge of foreign relations. Right-wing lawmakers and politicians have traveled to meet with figures like Almagro to help gather support for the ouster of the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.

The right-wing leadership of the National Assembly specifically requested Almagro apply the Democratic Charter against Venezuela but the Supreme Court issued an injunction invalidating that request.

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Saudi Arabia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with Iran

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia decided on Sunday to break diplomatic relations with Iran after the mob attack over the weekend on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and on its consulate in the city of Mashhad, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced.

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President Raul Castro Visits Mexico

Merida, Mexico, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro begins an official visit to Mexico, when the relationships between the two countries recover their historical fullness.

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