Diaz-Canel: Solidarity with Venezuela, rejection of neoliberalism

Havana, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday rejected neoliberalism, which impoverishes the countries of Latin America, and repeated his support for the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, which are under the hostility of the United States.

In his speech at the closing of the 4th session of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly of the People’s Power, which elected former Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero as prime minister, Diaz-Canel noted that in countries like Colombia and Chile, neoliberalism is taking on water, as it cannot meet the social needs of the peoples and forces them to growing poverty.

The Cuban president noted that it happened in Argentina after four years of neoliberal adjustment, and congratulated Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez, who were elected president and vice president, respectively, of that South American country.

Regarding what is happening in the region, Diaz-Canel criticized the role of the Organization of American States (OAS), the US ‘ministry of colonies’, in the spiral of aggressions against the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, headed by Presidents Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega, respectively.

Diaz-Canel again condemned the ‘indignant’ coup d’état against Bolivian President Evo Morales, and described the leading role of the OAS as ‘scandalous complicity’.

He also rejected the efforts of OAS against Caribbean nations such as Dominica and Surinam, whose governments he supports.

Diaz-Canel demanded the proclamation of innocence of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the restitution of his political rights.

He described as promising the processes underway in Argentina and Mexico, the latter with the goal of recovering the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), as a plural and diverse space, and always as a zone of peace.

The Cuban president noted that ties with Africa and Asia are developing, and above all with countries such as Russia, China and Vietnam, with which Cuba maintains broad political dialogue and strategic economic and commercial agreements.

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