Venezuela Denounces Plot by Guaido To Steal Its Foreign Assets

The president of the National Assembly Jorge Rodríguez denounced the theft of Venezuelan foreign assets in international banks by the opposition led by Juan Guaido.
The president of the National Assembly Jorge Rodríguez denounced the theft of Venezuelan foreign assets in international banks by the opposition led by Juan Guaido. | Photo: Twitter @teleSURtv

Authorities denounced the plan to steal more than 53 million dollars from funds that the U.S. keeps frozen, which belong to Venezuela.

April 13 (teleSUR) The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly (Parliament), Jorge Rodríguez, provided new elements this Tuesday at a press conference on Venezuela’s foreign assets’ theft by the most extremist sector of the Venezuelan opposition.

“We are going to show a fact that occurred yesterday (this Monday), a double scam, a double theft, with a meeting that took place yesterday among some former deputies members of a terrorist group called Voluntad Popular,” said Rodríguez.

The Legislative Branch head added that the meeting was attended by opposition members Marco Aurelio Quiñones, Sergio Vergara, Franco Casella, Winston Flores, Adriana Pichardo, and Freddy Superlano.

The purpose of the meeting was to agree on the conformation of a “budget” for the government’s parallel structure, which they intend to establish. Said budget would be submitted to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States to release funds which the U.S. keeps illegally frozen from Venezuela.

Rodriguez detailed that this “budget” amounted to the sum of 53.2 million dollars and denounced that the real purpose of obtaining this money is to distribute it among the leadership of this sector of the opposition.

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“This amount surpassing 53 million dollars will be distributed among them. Because right now there is real vulture’s feast between Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López on the one hand, and on the other hand there is Julio Borges and Henry Ramos Allup”, said the deputy.

According to Rodríguez, this budget would include more than seven million for the Parliament and almost two million for the office of the Presidency (both illegal structures), money that is delivered directly to Juan Guaidó for him to dispose of as he sees fit.

Meanwhile, the Chancellery would receive more than 5.5 million dollars, available to “minister” Julio Borges.

Other structures of the non-existent parallel Government would also receive sums that, in practice, swell the personal accounts of the persons holding the alleged “positions”.

Jorge Rodriguez showed videos where witnesses directly participated in the agreements, explained how these resources are received, where they come from, how they are distributed, and their actual destination, evidencing the swindling of Venezuelan people’s assets.

The President of the Venezuelan Parliament insisted that it is evident that the real intention is to defraud both OFAC and the Venezuelan people, with the only interest of stealing 53.2 million dollars. This amount could buy some seven million vaccine doses.

He added that it is false that what he called the “Government of Narnia” would use resources to buy vaccines through the Covax mechanism since the only means to make that possible is through the legitimate Government, which already has a vaccination plan in place.

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US campaign shows Cuban community’s rejection to the blockade

US campaign shows Cuban community's rejection to the blockade

Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The campaign to reject the US blockade against Cuba developed in the United States proves that the majority of the Cuban community abroad is against it, said on Wednesday an activist of the project.

In an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina online, Jose Oro, co-founder of the No Embargo Movement (NEMO), emphasized that the website created on January 27 already has over 79,000 members focused on unity in the face of the blockade.

‘The enemies of Cuba have been masters of the political game within the United States and have started from the use of a great fallacy, which is to say (and make people believe within the US government) that they almost unanimously control the feelings of Cubans in the United States and, of course, their vote.’

According to Oro, NEMO seeks to demonstrate that this is false and ‘in that way, we will gain access to the centers of power that decide the end of the blockade, with a massive number of members and petitioners.’

In the activist’s opinion, to achieve that goal the message must emphasize ‘a superior and prosperous common future for both peoples, which demonstrates the enormous damage and harm’ to Cuba.

‘We have contacted over a dozen senators and representatives in the US Congress, many mayors and members of numerous city councils to promote resolutions against the blockade,’ he assured.

He also acknowledged the scope of the Bridges of Love initiative of Cuban-American Carlos Lazo, which arranged caravans in dozens of countries to demand to put an end to the hostile US policy against Cuba.


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Italy’s Senate approves motion against US blockade

Italy's Senate approves motion against US blockade

Rome, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The Italian Senate on Wednesday approved a motion in favor of lifting the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, Cuban embassy indicated in a statement.

The initiative presented by Senators Paola Nugnes and Loredana de Petris, of the Mixed Group-Free and Equal, as first signatories, was received with 173 votes in favor, 12 against and nine abstentions, according to the official summary of the vote issued by the diplomatic mission in Rome.

The motion asks the national government to commit itself, along with others of the European Union, both in that organization and in all multilateral scenarios, first of all those of the United Nations, to effectively eliminate the US sanctioning mechanism against the nation.

Meanwhile, the Cuban ambassador, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, thanked the senators who promoted the initiative and those who voted in favor of it for their valuable support to reinforce international actions in pursuit of the elimination of the US unilateral blockade against the Cuban people, according to the press release.

Prior to the vote, it refers, De Petris expressed to RAI Portal Radio of the Parliament that ‘Italy has always been a friend of Cuba and in accordance with the appeal of Pope Francis, the motion urges the Italian government, in coordination with the European Union, to mobilize for the lifting of the unfair blockade against Cuba.’


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Cuban foreign minister congratulates Muslim community on Ramadan

Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday congratulated the Muslim community on behalf of the Cuban people and Government on the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

In a tweet, the foreign minister hailed the beginning of this month-long tradition for the followers of Prophet Mohamed.

During that time, worshipers praise the moment Mohamed received the word of God through the Koran.

Considered one of the pillars of Islam, the thirty-day fasting is celebrated amid the Covid-19 pandemic for the second time. Restrictions due to the pandemic are affecting the traditions of the sacred month such as mass prayers or large family gatherings for night meals.


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Cuban agricultural products promoted at Russian fair

Moscow, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban agricultural products and services are being promoted on Tuesday in a special edition of Cubaplus magazine, presented at the International Exhibition for Food, Beverages, Food Raw Materials-Prodexpo 2021, celebrated in this capital.

With a stand in this event, Cubaplus devotes its publication to exportable sectors and services from the 10 business groups of the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI), its international seller, Rafael Garbey, informed.

Considered the major annual fair of its kind in Russia and Eastern Europe, the 28th edition of Prodexpo, based in Expocenter, is attended by over 2,600 representatives of enterprises and 68,600 confirmed visitors, according to its organizers.

The Cubaplus representative at the fair told Prensa Latina that another objective of this magazine is to attract foreign investment and joint productions for the development of the country’s agriculture.

In the opening words of the specialized edition, Director of International Affairs at MINAGRI, Moraima Cespedes, stressed the importance of the participation of Cuban agricultural export and import enterprises in this fair, attended by most Russia’s major suppliers.

Entitled ‘Food Soverignty. Cuba for an exporting culture,’ the magazine includes topics on Cuba’s progress in the production of honey, charcoal, cocoa, coffee and tobacco, agricultural products that Cuba commercializes.

It also features articles on scientific and technical services provided by the Alejandro von Humboldt Fundamental Research Institute on Tropical Agriculture and the Tropical Root Vegetables Institute, which belong to MINAGRI.

Garbey also spoke about the training possibilities offered by the Grain Research Institute, the Tropical Fruit Growing Research Institute and the Liliana Dimitrova Horticultural Research Institute.


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Former Jamaican PM praises Cuba’s vaccine candidates against Covid-19

Former Jamaican PM praises Cuba's vaccine candidates against Covid-19

Kingston, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Former Jamaican Prime Minister Percival James Patterson acknowledged Cuba for its progress on the development of vaccine candidates against Covid-19, according to diplomatic sources.

In a message to Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Ines Fors Fernandez, Patterson, who served as Prime Minister from 1992 to 2006, described Cuba’s vaccine research and development as magnificent and spectacular, despite the rough difficulties the country faces.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Patterson praised Cuba’s international aid to curb the pandemic, and stated that Cuba’s humanitarian and scientific actions were worthy of the highest consideration.

In April 2020, in an article entitled ‘International Solution to the Covid-19 Pandemic’, Patterson highlighted the generosity of the Cuban Government and people by sending hundreds of doctors, nurses and other health specialists to other nations.


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Cuba and Denmark promote mutually beneficial investments

Cuba and Denmark promote mutually beneficial investments

Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Chamber of Commerce and the Danish Confederation of Industries on Tuesday held a forum in order to present business and investment openings in the Caribbean country’s prioritized sectors.

Cuba promoted projects contained in the National Plan for Economic and Social Development for the chemistry, agricultural, and iron and steel sectors, which were presented to 15 Danish companies dedicated to food, industry, energy and ports.

The investment forum gave continuity to a video conference between executives from the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries, held in February 2021, when the prospects for promoting Cuban exports linked to Danish market potential were discussed.

On the occasion, the Danish representation identified the most attractive products in the Cuban portfolio of offers, especially the food-farming industry, and highlighted its interest in integrating a commercial delegation that would visit Cuba in the second half of this year.

This contact will allow Danish companies to present their commercial opening to conclude export agreements, in correspondence with the 2020-2021 Business Opportunities Portfolio promoted by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.


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Cuban scientists, health workers received first anti-Covid-19 dose

Cuba Dosis vacuna

Havana, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Scientists and health personnel from the Cuban capital who participate in the intervention study with two of this country’s anti-Covid-19 candidates are currently vaccinated with the first dose.

‘The administration of the first dose of the Cuban vaccine candidates Soberana 02 and Abdala to the 75,000 health and Biocubafarma workers who are part of the intervention study developed in Havana, concluded,’ Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health reported on Twitter.

This is a controlled intervention study for at-risk populations, which includes health workers and the Group of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries of Cuba (BioCubaFarma).

The administration of the first dose of Soberana 02 to this population group began on March 23 in Havana and the intervention with Abdala began on March 29.

The objective of the controlled intervention trial is to evaluate the direct and indirect effects of vaccination with these candidates on population groups at high risk of contracting the infection, becoming ill and spreading the Covid-19 contagion.

Soberana 02, designed by the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV), is going through phase III of clinical trials in Havana with a sample of 44,010 volunteers, to whom the second dose is already administered.

In addition, the intervention study will reach another 150,000, including workers in the health and biopharmaceutical sector.

Meanwhile, Abdala, designed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), is administered to 48,000 volunteers from the Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Guantanamo provinces during the third stage of clinical trials (also second dose).

With this last candidate, intervention studies are also being carried out in those territories, in Sancti Spiritus and Havana; in Cuba’s capital with 124,000 volunteers that include health workers and the biopharmaceutical sector.


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Bolivia is interested in Cuba’s Soberana 02 vaccine against Covid-19

La Paz, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will express its intention to acquire the Soberana 02 vaccine against Covid-19 to the Government of Cuba this week, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Integration Benjamín Blanco, who was quoted by the Bolivia newspaper.

‘We are in constant conversations and are going to have a high-level meeting to learn a little more about what is happening, they have already started the vaccination and I hope that in May they will have a significant number of immunized people, who will contribute to the studies,’ the official asserted.

They would be ready in June or July and once they are ready for export, we could make the acquisition depending on the results of phase III, Blanco remarked.

The Government has been in talks with pharmaceutical companies manufacturing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, he said, adding that they are close to an agreement with China for the provision of Sinovac in May, as well as working with India to acquire Covaxin.

Bolivia began vaccination against Covid-19 in the cities in early February, after acquiring 20,000 doses of Sputnik V, and planned its gradual expansion to rural areas.

President Luis Arce, however, was forced to instruct the Health Ministry to proceed with the immunization of all border populations, especially the most exposed people in areas bordering Brazil.

The strategy is progressing favorably in the territory and 447,417 people had been vaccinated until last Monday, receiving one or two doses of Sputnik V and Sinopharm, according to official statistics.


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Cuba and New Zealand assess parliamentary exchange

Wellington, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from Cuba and New Zealand assessed the possibilities of parliamentary exchange, local diplomatic sources reported on Monday

Cuban Ambassador to New Zealand Edgardo Valdes met in Congress with the co-president of the Parliamentary Group of Friendship with Latin America and the Caribbean, Angela Roberts, who is also a member of the Labor Party.

A statement from the Cuban Embassy noted that they discussed the possibilities of future exchanges between parliamentarians, including on such issues as health care, education and the environment, in a very friendly atmosphere.

In addition, they exchanged extensively on the situation in Cuba and foreign policy issues, including the relationship with New Zealand and cooperation with the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were officially established in March 1999. Since then, they have been strengthened in a climate of mutual respect and collaboration.


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