Venezuela Proposes a General Secretariat for Celac

President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico, Sep. 18, 2021.
President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico, Sep. 18, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @NicolasMaduro

President Nicolas Maduro called for the reactivation of mechanisms for analyzing economic, social, political, and trade integration proposals. 

Sept 18 (teleSUR) Addressing the VI Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reiterated the need to set up a “powerful” bloc’s General Secretariat to promote the region’s multilateralism, integration, and cooperation.

“I propose the constitution of CELAC General Secretariat with sufficient power to take the reins of the construction of what is the dream of Latin American and Caribbean integration,” President Maduro said.

The Bolivarian President vowed for the resumption activities by Ministers Councils on economic, social, and political issues to address the proposals on trade integration and economic development.

President Maduro took also the opportunity to thank the Mexican government for supporting political talks between representatives of the opposition sectors and the Venezuelan government in recent months.

Replying to arguments related to human rights and democracy promotion,  the Bolivarian President assured Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou that Venezuela is open to a sincere debate without interference.

“We must turn the page on the divisionism that has taken hold in Latin America, the harassment of the Bolivarian Revolution, and now the incessant harassment of the Cuban and Nicaraguan Revolutions,” President Maduro stressed.

He also regretted that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro excluded the South American nation from the CELAC forum, noting that the decision was a clear negationist and divisive move.

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CELAC VI Summit Supports Cuba and Argentina in Their Demands

Representatives from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Mexico, Sept. 18, 2021.
Representatives from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Mexico, Sept. 18, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @lopezobrador_

“The Joint Declaration is a call to consolidate our voice, our weight to do positive things, to cooperate, and to make our way in the unjust world we live in today,” Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.

Sept 18 (teleSUR) Rejecting the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba and reaffirming Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas islands, representatives from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) concluded the bloc’s VI Summit chaired by Mexico on Saturday.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Ebrard explained that officials from 31 countries signed a Joint Declaration of 44 points and special accords.

Besides the allocation of US$ 15 million, the Summit approved the creation of a regional health regulatory agency to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and future health emergencies in the region.

Ebrard described the constitution of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency as a historic achievement to boost the region’s scientific development.

“If anything has brought us together, it has been the pandemic. The region has more COVID-19 related deaths than any other region in the world,” Ebrard said.

“It has been extremely difficult to get vaccines. It has been unfair, abusive, that so many countries do not have vaccines,” he added.

The Joint Declaration also approved an integrated fund to deal with natural disasters, a common position to demand access from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to short-term resources.

The Mexican government will work to provide CELAC with a government structure to implement the organization’s agreements.

“The Joint Declaration is a call to consolidate our voice, our weight to do positive things, to cooperate, and to make our way in the unjust world we live in today,” Ebrard stressed.

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Cuba calls to revitalize CELAC to strengthen region

Mexico City, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) The President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel called to revitalize CELAC during its 6th Summit in order to strengthen dialogue and common defense.

Díaz-Canel was one of the first dignitaries to speak during the initial session taking place at the National Palace, Mexico City.

The President thanked the representatives of the governments of the region for their support against the discredit campaign financed by the United States and the threats to the integrity and sovereignty of Cuba.

Díaz-Canel stressed that the Cubans will defend the socialist state of human rights and social justice for the good of all as Marti wanted, and thanked also the demands of lifting the blockade, intensified by the United States despite being condemned by the majority of the countries in the world.

The President of Cuba denounced the US interventionism and their goal to stem the sovereign development of the nations of the continent, which is a disrespect to international right, and advocated for solidarity, regional cooperation and the strengthening of unity, for which the foundation of CELAC and its consolidation are vital.

Díaz-Canel considered that CELAC helps come true the yearning for regional integration, and said it is time to close the gaps that separate us and advance towards integration, cooperation and solidarity.

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Solidarity work of Italy-Cuba Friendship Association acknowledged

Solidarity work of Italy-Cuba Friendship Association acknowledged

Rome, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The Italy-Cuba National Friendship Association (ANAIC) on Friday received the commemorative stamp on the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) as recognition of its solidarity work.

Cuban Ambassador to Italy Jose Carlos Rodriguez presented the distinction to Marco Papacci and Walter Persello, president and vice president, respectively, of the organization founded in 1961 in the heat of demonstrations in support of the Cuban Revolution during the mercenary invasion of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs).

The first secretary in charge of Political Affairs, Claudia Morgade, headed the ceremony at the Cuban Embassy, also attended by Nicaraguan Ambassador Monica Robelo, and the charge d’affaires and minister counselor of the Venezuelan Embassy, Maria Elena Uzzo.

Italians from different sectors also attended the emotional meeting opened by three Cuban children who recited Jose Marti’s Simple Verses, while Irma Castillo and Ulises Mora delighted those present with their recognized mastery of rumba dancing.

I want to emphasize that we are giving this recognition to thousands of Italians who over the decades have supported Cuba without hesitation, with much effort, commitment and contribution of life, including resources in very dissimilar circumstances, said the Cuban ambassador, who highlighted the role of many who are no longer physically.

Papacci spoke in the same way, highlighting the sacrifices made by the members of the organization to ensure solidarity work with Cuba in different historical stages.

After noting that there are more than 3,000 associates, grouped in 74 territorial circles, the activist highlighted the work done to collect 253,693 euros, in 2020 and 2021, to support the Cuban health system with the purchase of medicines, equipment and medical supplies.

On the other hand, he highlighted how Cuba systematically overcame difficult times, which, he added, was only possible thanks to the capacity of its leaders and the enormous popular support that they have enjoyed and continue to enjoy.

We are sure that the new generations will know how to defend the historic legacy of Fidel and Raul, he pointed out while sending greetings to President Miguel Diaz-Canel, on behalf of all the members of the organization.

From Havana, ICAP First Vice President Noemi Rabaza participated through a video conference. She congratulated the leadership of ANAIC for the recognition and thanked its members for the permanent solidarity shown towards the Cuban Revolution.

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Diaz-Canel holds emotional meeting with Cuban émigrés in Mexico

Diaz-Canel holds emotional meeting with Cuban émigrés in Mexico

Mexico, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday ratified the Government’s will to strengthen ties with Cuban émigrés. The statement was made at an emotional meeting with compatriots from the Jose Marti Association of Cuban Residents in Mexico at the Cuban Embassy in this capital.

Cubans from various generations settled on Mexican soil expressed to the president their support for the country where they were born in the face of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States.

They also recognized the work of Cuba’s health personnel to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Cuban head of State was greeted by dozens of Mexicans outside the diplomatic mission.

Posters in solidarity with Cuba and against the US blockade were borne by the participants in the event of support for the Revolution.

Diaz-Canel is paying a state visit to Mexico at the invitation of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. On Saturday, he will participate in the 6th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), hosted by Mexico.

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Vietnam’s President’s visit to Cuba will strengthen bilateral trade

Vietnam's President's visit to Cuba will strengthen bilateral trade

Hanoi, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The visit of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Cuba will strengthen bilateral trade exchanges and favor Vietnamese investments in the island, officials of the Ministry of Industry and Trade said today.

Specialists of the Department of European-American Market of that portfolio highlighted that the historic friendly relations between the two nations are a solid base to boost cooperation in several areas, one of the objectives of the head of state’s trip to Havana.

The existence of long-standing and proven efficient mechanisms, such as the Vietnam-Cuba Intergovernmental Commission and other legal frameworks, will be taken advantage of by the parties to relaunch their multifaceted ties, they noted.

They recalled that in November 2018, on the occasion of a visit here by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the two countries signed a trade agreement that came into force in April 2020.

Backed by a commitment to reduce tariffs on imports by almost 100 percent for a five-year term, the treaty set a common aspiration to raise mutual buying and selling operations to $500 million by 2025 (almost double that of 2019).

According to the portfolio, the trade balance is considerably favorable to Vietnam. Its exports amounted to US$51.4 million and consisted mostly of rice, coffee, chemicals, textiles, textiles, footwear, computers and their components, and construction materials.

According to experts, Cuba, with about 11.2 million inhabitants, is a potential market for Vietnamese exporters, given the high demand in several branches and the modest development of its manufacturing industries.

Cuban Ambassador in Hanoi, Nicolas Hernandez Guillen, and Vietnamese Ambassador in Havana, Le Thanh Tung, agreed that Xuan Phuc’s visit to the Caribbean nation will be an excellent opportunity to boost bilateral ties.

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Mexican press highlights Díaz-Canel’s visit

Mexican press highlights Díaz-Canel's visit

Mexico, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) La Jornada newspaper dedicates today its editorial to the visit to Mexico of President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in particular the call by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Joe Biden to lift the blockade.

The newspaper notes that, in his speech for the 211 anniversary of the beginning of the Revolution of Independence, President López Obrador called on his US counterpart, Joe Biden, to lift the blockade against Cuba and seek a reconciliation that ‘will put an end forever to the policy of attacks’ towards the island.

It describes that, accompanied by his Cuban counterpart, the president recalled that no state has the right to subdue another country and evoked words of George Washington meaning that nations should not take advantage of the misfortune of other peoples.

Likewise, he considered that ‘it looks bad’ to maintain this ‘perverse strategy’ of precipitating a regime change through economic suffocation, because, even if it were to succed, ‘it would become a vile, pyrrhic, rogue triumph; it would be a stain of a kind that can not be erased even with all the water in the oceans’.

It should be remembered, the editorial notes, that López Obrador’s words not only represent his personal feelings or an isolated position of the Mexican government, but also reflect the position of the international community, reflected in the 29 occasions in which the UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly condemned the embargo imposed 59 years ago.

The topicality of this claim, it adds, is reflected in the fact that just three months ago the resolution urging Washington to end this illegal and unilateral measure was approved with 184 votes in favor, two against, those of the United States and Israel; and three abstentions, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Colombia.

In addition to being the result of a global consensus, it should be noted that the expressions of the federal Executive are not issued from a position of hostility, since the spirit of collaboration and dialogue that characterizes the attitude of the Mexican government towards its US counterpart is beyond any doubt.

In the context of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship, the Mexican president appeals to the feelings of a head of state who, in this matter, is at fault with international law, with human rights and ethical principles, but also with the very political current that it represents.

It cannot be forgotten, the article recalls, that former President Barack Obama, in whose administration Biden served as vice president, led a historic turn by moderating Washington’s aggressiveness against the island, in a normalization process that was intended to be irreversible.

It is clear, then, that the position of the Mexican government is not one of confrontation, but rather of seeking solutions to a long-lasting conflict for the sake of Cuba, but also of the United States.

As it became clear during the brief detente, the blockade is immoral, criminal and, to top it off, counterproductive to the freedom to do business of many US entrepreneurs.

For this reason, it should be noted that Obrador’ s speech appeals also to the Cuban-American community, from which the most important networks of interests and ideological inertias preventing the path of conciliation originate.

It is hoped that the White House understands this call as a legitimate attempt to overcome an unsustainable situation and reopen the ways for a necessarily positive understanding for all parties involved, La Jornada’ s editorial concluded.

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President Diaz-Canel praised Lopez Obrador’s solidarity with Cuba

President Diaz-Canel praised Lopez Obrador's solidarity with Cuba

Havana, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said today that his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, gave ‘a master class in history and a great proof of courage’ in defending the island.

‘The speech of @lopezobrador in ceremony for the 211th anniversary of the Grito de Dolores, to all Cubans who were there, reached the bottom of our hearts,’ he added through his Twitter account.

Diaz-Canel, on an official visit to Mexico, highlighted excerpts from the words of the Mexican head of state, who once again rejected the imposition of unilateral measures against Cuba and called for an end to the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.

Lopez Obrador reiterated the day before that the Antillean nation represents a people that has known how to be faithful to its historical continuity and assert its right to live free, without allowing interference from any foreign power, like few others in the world.

For its struggle in defense of sovereignty, the Cuban people deserve the prize of dignity and the island should be recognized as the new Numantia for its example of resistance, and I think that for that very reason it should be declared a world heritage site, he said.

The Cuban president, who also gave a speech before the civic-military ceremony, assured that this invitation to Mexico ‘has an immeasurably greater value at a time when we are suffering the onslaught of a multidimensional war’.

Through his social network, Diaz-Canel also highlighted the ’emotional meeting with the Mexican solidarity movement with Cuba’, as well as the dialogue with solidarity friends of the Aztec nation. As part of the agenda, the Cuban leader will attend the VI Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, which has among its main topics the fight against Covid-19.

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CELAC Summit Is About To Start in Mexico

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard (L) and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel (R), Mexico City, Sept. 16, 2021.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard (L) and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel (R), Mexico City, Sept. 16, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ m_ebrard

Among the issues to be addressed are the creation of a Latin American Disaster Fund and the future of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Sept 17 (teleSUR) Presidents from several Latin American countries are traveling to Mexico to participate in the VI Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which will be held over the weekend.

On Thursday, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel was received by Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard and the Security Secretary Rosa Rodriguez. Haiti’s Prime Minister Claude Joseph and Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle also have already arrived in Mexico City.

On Friday morning, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez canceled his trip to Mexico, where on Saturday he was to assume the CELAC presidency.

This decision was taken amid the crisis that broke out this week within his administration, following the ruling coalition’s defeat in the primary elections.


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Notwithstanding, 17 presidents or heads of government, two vice presidents, 12 foreign affairs ministers, and other officials are expected to participate.

On Saturday, the Summit will be opened by Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). After the interventions made by the national delegations, the members of the “Regional Vaccines and Medicines Plan” will be announced. Later, the event will culminate with a joint political statement.

Among the key issues to be addressed are the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency, the establishment of a Disaster Fund for Latin America, and the future of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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AMLO Urges Biden Once Again To Lift US Blockade Against Cuba

At the celebration of Mexican independence day, in the presence of the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who attended in an official capacity, AMLO again called on Joe Biden to end the blockade on the island.
At the celebration of Mexican independence day, in the presence of the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who attended in an official capacity, AMLO again called on Joe Biden to end the blockade on the island. | Photo: Twitter/@KurtHackbarth

On Thursday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged United States President Joe Biden to act to end Washington’s blockade and the policy of aggression against Cuba once and for all.

Sept 16 (teleSUR) In a speech commemorating the 211th anniversary of Mexico’s independence, with which he opened the traditional military parade honoring the entrance of the ‘Trigarante’ (Three Guarantees) army to Mexico City in 1821, AMLO reiterated his opinion expressed in June at the Chapultepec Castle regarding the dignity of the Cuban people.

In the presence of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, a special guest, who shared the stage with him and delivered a speech, Lopez Obrador noted that the Cuban people known how to be faithful to its historical continuity and assert its right to live freely, without interference from any foreign power, like few others in the world.

The Mexican president stated: “I have said and I repeat that we can agree or disagree with the Cuban Revolution and its Government, but to have resisted 62 years without subjugation is an indisputable historic feat.”

“For its struggle in defense of sovereignty, the people of Cuba deserve the prize of dignity and the country should be recognized as the new Numantia for its example of resistance, and I think that for that reason it must be declared a World Heritage Site,” he assured.

Lopez Obrador stated, “Now I only add that the Government I represent respectfully calls on the United States to lift the blockade against Cuba because no State has the right to subjugate another people, another country.”

It is necessary, he pointed out, to remember what Washington said that nations should not take advantage of the misfortune of other peoples: “In all frankness, it is wrong for the U.S. Government to use the blockade to hinder the welfare of the Cuban people so that they, forced by necessity, have to confront their own Government.”


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AMLO further stated that, “If that perverse strategy were to succeed, which does not seem likely, it would turn into a pyrrhic, vile and despicable victory, into one of those stains that cannot be removed even with all the water in the ocean. Understanding, mutual respect and freedom without conditions or arrogance are better.”

Lopez Obrador mentioned as an example the attitude of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who knew how to reach an understanding with General Omar Torrijos to return Panama’s sovereignty over the Canal.

“Hopefully Biden, who possesses sufficient political sensitivity, will act with such greatness and end the policy of aggravating Cuba forever,” the Mexican president noted.

AMLO noted that it is time for friendship and not confrontation, and that the clash can be avoided so that sovereignty and love can prevail, ending with cheers to Mexico and Cuba.

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