Friendly Welcome in Angola to the Cuban Five

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 7 (acn) The five Cuban antiterrorists arrived on Monday in the People’s Republic of Angola with the friendly reception of a people in solidarity that always accompanied the struggle for their release, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Angolans and Cubans, present since early Monday morning at the 4 de Febrero International Airport greeted the heroes with passion, kisses and slogans after the arrival of the flight that brought them from Windhoek, capital of Namibia.

“Welcome,” said on the steps of the aircraft General Armando da Cruz Neto, member of the Politburo of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) Party, while embracing and shaking hands with Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez.

Like Deputy Da Cruz, also chairman of the Angola-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, other Angolan politicians, representatives of women’s organizations in solidarity with Cuba, and Cuban ambassador to Luanda, Gisela Garcia, attended the warm welcome.

Outside the terminal, the chants of “bem-vindos” (welcome) by members of the Organization of Angolan Women (OMA) intertwined with exclamations of “Long live the Five”, “Long live Fidel and Raul,” and “Long live solidarity between Angola and Cuba.”

Everyone wanted and could embrace the heroes, “symbols of a courageous struggle. This is the end, the greatest joy of an effort made for peace,” said overcome by emotion the president of the Angola-Cuba Friendship Association (ASAC), Fernando Jaime.

According to the program for their 48-hour stay in Angola, the Cuban antiterrorist fighters will place a wreath by the monument to Agostinho Neto, the first president of that African country.

Later, they will have a courtesy meeting with the Vice-president of the MPLA, Roberto de Almeida, and will visit the Alto Las Cruces cemetery, to place a wreath at the spot where the mortal remains of internationalist combatant Raul Diaz Arguelles rested.

Angola is the third stage of the African tour (June 21 to July 8) of The Five, since they visited South Africa at the invitation of the African National Congress (ANC) and Namibia, invited by the Organization of the Peoples of South-West Africa (SWAPO).

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