Washington, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) Diplomats and workers at the Cuban Embassy in the United States celebrated the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution on Monday, and recalled events that occurred in 2018 that are important for bilateral relations.
Gathered last night at the headquarters of the diplomatic mission in Washington DC, participants watched a video that highlighted ideas by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro.
Long live Fidel! Long live Raul! Long live the Cuban Revolution! Long live President Miguel Diaz-Canel abd the Cuban people! Participants chanted at midnight.
Previously, Cuban Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabañas recalled that April 2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s first visit to the United States after the revolutionary triumph.
Cabañas also referred to some of the significant events that occurred in the US related to Cuba over the past 12 months, and highlighted the participation in the UN General Assembly of the Cuban president, who also had a broad agenda last September in New York.
Along with that visit, during which Diaz-Canel met with legislators, religious leaders, agricultural producers and business people, among other stockholders, the ambassador mentioned the new condemnation of the US blockade on Cuba at the United Nations.
He said that in the vote, held on November 1, the US delegation was defeated 10 times, because in addition to the international community’s rejection of the siege, most countries also voted against eight amendments pushed by the United States and the form of voting.
When addressing other major events for Cuba, Cabañas recalled last May’s celebration of the Arts of Cuba festival, which brought together more than 400 artists based in Cuba and overseas at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in this capital.
He also stressed that, for the first time in 17 years, the US Congress approved a favorable amendment to ties with Cuba, referring to a section included in the 2018 Agricultural Act.
In addition, Cabaña noted the creation of the first biotechnology joint venture between the two nations; and the recent agreement announced between the Major Baseball League of the United States and the Cuban Baseball Federation to hire baseball players from Cuba.
That step was taken despite the rollback in bilateral ties, said the ambassador, who regretted that the health incidents reported by US diplomats in Cuba continues to affect relations, amid an increase in anti-Cuban rhetoric and the reinforcement of the blockade.