Fight Against Blockade is priority in Solidarity with Cuba

Hanoi, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples, Kenia Serrano called today to continue fighting against the U.S. blockade against her country, describing it as maximum priority in solidarity actions with the island.

That message stood out in Serrano’s speech at the inauguration ceremony here of the Seventh Regional Asia-Pacific Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, attended by over 200 representatives of friendship associations of 18 countries and the antiterrorist fighter and Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Antonio Guerrero, among other personalities.

We should keep raising our voices in all spaces to denounce this arbitrary policy (blockade) that violates international law, underlined the speaker in the ceremony attended by Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam , vicepresident of the National Assembly and president of the Friendship Association between both countries.

When referring to the reestablishment of the diplomatic links between Cuba and the U.S., she said the process of normalization of those links will be long, as the blockade is still intact and part of the Cuban territory (Guantánamo base) continues to be illegally occupied, so it won’t be possible to speak of normal relations.

Important steps have been taken, but the blockade remains intact and is the main obstacle for our development, she stressed.

Serrano thanked participants for their solidarity with Cuba, including the support for the release of Guerrero and his other compatriots (The Five) and reiterated the Island will also maintain that policy with those who need it, as it did in the struggle against Ebola in Africa and with Nepal after the earthquake last April.

The same gratitude she expressed to the Organization of Associations of Friendship of Vietnam (OAFV), when remembering this meeting coincides with the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between this country and Cuba, next December 2.

This meeting which will conclude on Wednesday, allows participants to have an insight on Cuba’s reality, to which will also contribute a dissertation on the updating of the socio-economic model of the island and, at the same time, to know about the work and initiatives of solidarity with the Caribbean country.

As part of the program a painting exhibition was inaugurated of butterflies and birds of Latin America and the Caribbean drawn by Guerrero during his unjust jail period in the United States.

To this session also attended the OAFV president Vu Xuan Hong, the vicepresident of the Cuban Institute, Alicia Corredera, the member of Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Santiago Pérez Castellanos, in a work visit here and the island’s ambassador to this Asian nation, Herminio López.

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