Cuba’s Future is Decided on the island, Says Foreign Minister

Havana, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said here Tuesday that the future of the island will not be decided by any foreign power and its people will defend the socialist revolution built on the noses of the United States.

The future of Cuba is decided here, he warned in statements to national and foreign journalists, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump announced in Florida the supposed proximity of the end of socialism in the hemisphere.

Before accepting questions from the media present at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rodriguez affirmed that Cuba is proud of its history, with successes in the last 60 years such as the defeat in 1959 of a dictatorship supported by the United States and the setback of the mercenary invasion promoted from Washington in April 1961.

He also recalled that the island showed its strength during the October Crisis, in 1962, and in its response to the State terrorism of which it was a victim for decades, with a toll of almost 3,500 dead and more than 2,000 wounded.

We reiterate to President Trump that our loyalty to Fidel Castro and Raul Castro will remain unchanged, and that the continuity of the revolution is permanent and irreversible,’ he said. According to Rodriguez, Cuba will maintain the unity of its people around the Communist Party and on February 24 will give another example of this with the support of the new Constitution of the Republic, in the referendum to which more than eight million people are summoned.

That day we will also give a response to President Trump, he said, in a context marked by the escalation in the anti-Cuban rhetoric of the current administration in the White House. At the press conference, the diplomat ratified the complaint of U.S. preparations for a military intervention against Venezuela, using as a spearhead an alleged humanitarian crisis and the need to send the South American country ‘aid’ to alleviate it.

According to Rodriguez, Washington’s current pressure on the international community is reminiscent of a libretto previously used in other parts of the world with severe consequences.

Therefore, he called on the international community to act over political differences in defense of peace and to avoid with collective effort a military intervention against Venezuela, and stressed the solidarity of the island with the Bolivarian Revolution and the constitutional president, Nicolas Maduro.

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