Cuba celebrates establishment of diplomatic ties with Lithuania

Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the Republic of Lithuania are celebrating the ninth anniversary of diplomatic relations on Monday, according to the official Twitter account of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry ratified the willingness to continue consolidating the ties between both countries, developed on the basis of mutual respect since their establishment on September 26, 2013.

At meetings between representatives from the two countries, the parties committed to strengthening bilateral dialogue, based on common visions regarding the diversity of issues on the international agenda.

Cuba also acknowledged Lithuania’s support for its resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than six decades.


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Cuban president celebrated first results of popular referendum

Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel celebrated the first results in favor of the Family Code, after the popular referendum process and the participation of more than 5,800,000 voters.

From his profile on Twitter, the president made reference to the figures provided by the National Electoral Council that showed an attendance this Sunday of almost 69%, with respect to the basic report of more than 8 million registered voters, in the 23,000 electoral centers arranged for this.

The head of State also mentioned the hurricane Ian, intensified this early morning and which is the fourth phenomenon of this type in the current hurricane season, all formed on September.

Díaz-Canel described this week as challenging due to the meteorological situation and recommended the maximum protection of human lives in the face of the possible strengthening of the hurricane in the coming 12-24 hours and its proximity to the western part of the island.

According to the most recent forecasts, its maximum sustained winds reach 120 kilometers per hour, with higher gusts, a minimum central pressure of up to 983 hectopascal and a course close to northwest at 22 kilometers per hour.


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People globally demand end of US blockade against Cuba

Washington, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of people worldwide demanded on Sunday the elimination of the economic, financial, and commercial blockade that the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years and the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The caravans and rallies against Washington’s punitive policy against Cuba took place in Panama, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Italy, and Canada.

According to information released by the Bridges of Love solidarity movement, more than 50 cities joined the call in the United States alone, including Boston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Seattle, Bloomington, and Miami.

“We have an international caravan on September 25 to end the measures that punish the Cuban family, an international caravan for the end of the blockade against Cuba,” Carlos Lazo, leader of the movement, said.

The activist reiterated that the aim is to advocate for implementing effective measures in pursuit of reopening the US Embassy in Cuba, restoring remittances, family reunification, and an increase in flights to other Cuban regions, in addition to Havana.

The reality for the Cuban family is the gap between words and deeds by the current US administration. There are no fundamental changes regarding Cuba: the difficulties created by the blockade or all 243 measures imposed by former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and maintained by incumbent President Joe Biden have not been fixed, he said.

Every last Sunday of every month, Bridges of Love convenes events against the US blockade, which has been intensified in recent years.

In addition to demanding the lifting of the unilateral blockade, which has caused damage to citizens, the organization also condemns Cuba’s unjust inclusion in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, which limits the Caribbean country’s access to international financial credits, among other damages.

This time, Carlos Lazo also called to join a Twitter campaign condemning the coercive regulations against Cuba.


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Cuban foreign minister praises solidarity event in New York

United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Sunday praised a public event in support of Cuba and Venezuela in the New York community of Harlem, in the United States, organized by friends of the two countries.

On his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy pointed out that during the rally, which took place on Saturday, “the hypocrisy of bourgeois democracy and the aggression of imperialism against the peoples of the world were denounced,” including the US blockade against Cuba.

In his speech at the event, Rodriguez stressed that Washington’s policies and aggressions have failed to bend the will of the Cuban people, “they have not made Cuba a failed society,” he said.

Rodriguez thanked several countries in the world for their solidarity with his country, and stressed that Cuba is not heading toward capitalism, “it does not abandon socialism or the determination to build a society based on solidarity and justice for all.”

Rodriguez is participating in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, whose high-level segment will be held on September 20 at the headquarters of that multilateral organization in New York, in the United States.


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Switzerland calls for new solidarity with Cuba

Berne, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) The Vaud section of the Cuba-Switzerland Solidarity Association on Saturday announced some activities in support of Cuba, planned in Romandy and nationwide, including condemnation of the U.S. blockade.

In its monthly publication El Sol de Cuba, The Vaud -presided over by Michel Fleury- called for participation in different actions in coming October and November, which include tributes to the heroic guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara and the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro. Likewise, it highlighted the celebration in mid-October in Solothurn of the forum “What Means for Peace”, meetings in Yverdon-les-Bains and the assembly of delegates of the Cuba-Switzerland Association, scheduled for early November.

The publication reiterates the call to hold on the 17th of each month to ask for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, which will take place in October in Yverdon-les-Bains and in November in Renens.

In September, members of the association unfurled banners at the Basel station calling for the end of aggressions and the economic war on Cuba, while expressing their love and solidarity with Cuba.


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China reaffirms at UN its support for Cuba against U.S. blockade

United Nations, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) China on Saturday reaffirmed at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) its strong support to Cuba’s struggle against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States for over 60 years.

Speaking at UNGA´s 77th session, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his country’s strong support for Cuba´s just cause to defend its own rights.

Yi also rejected and described the imposition of unilateral sanctions as unacceptable.

In this regard, China joins several nations that also condemned the US blockade, by addressing at the international body.

Earlier this month, China condemned the extension of the law extending the U.S. policy against Cuba for one more year.

President Joe Biden signed the legislation and thus became the twelfth U.S. president to ratify the policy against Cuba and its people.

A memorandum released by the White House to the offices of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated that the decision “is of national interest” and added that the extension will be valid through September 14, 2023.


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Cuban FM reiterates gratitude to Mexico for support in Matanza fire

United Nations, Sep 24 ( Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez on Saturday reiterated his gratitude to Mexico for its prompt response to recent death-dealing fire in the western province of Matanzas.

During a meeting with his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard, in the framework of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), both sides expressed deep satisfaction for the excellent bilateral relations and also their willingness to strengthen ties in sectors of mutual interest, the Cuban Foreign Minister posted on Twitter.

On May 20, Cuba and Mexico celebrated 120 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations, marked by brotherhood and solidarity.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, on the other hand, granted his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador the José Martí Order, the highest decoration awarded by the government.


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UN: Latin American Leaders Call For End to US Blockade of Cuba

The presidents of Argentina, Honduras, and Bolivia raised their voices advocating respect for the peoples’ self-determination.

Sept 21 (teleSUR) At the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Alberto Fernández of Argentina, Xiomara Castro of Honduras, and Luis Arce of Bolivia demanded an end to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba for over half a century.

The President of Argentina said that “according to the UN Charter, the only legitimate sanctions are those imposed by the Security Council to enforce its decisions on the maintenance of peace and security.”

“Argentina joins the demand of the peoples of Cuba and Venezuela for the lifting of the blockades that those nations are suffering,” Fernandez added.

Honduras’s President Xiomara Castro said: “We proclaim the return to respect for the self-determination of the peoples, rejecting the infamous and brutal blockade of the people of the sister Republic of Cuba.”

“A clear example of the application of unilateral measures is the inhumane and criminal commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which endangers the lives of millions of citizens,” said Bolivian President Luis Arce.   

After describing the blockade as a crime against humanity, together with Cuba’s inclusion on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, Arce added that “it is a regrettable example that should make us reflect on how most of the decisions taken every year in this Assembly are not complied with by some countries.”

On this occasion, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez demanded President Joe Biden comply with Cuba’s demand, which he said included autonomy for small states, freedom of navigation and respect for political differences. 

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Carlos Lazo calls for new international caravan against U.S. blockade

Washington, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The Bridges of Love Movement on Wednesday called for a new world caravan, extended to several continents, so as to demand once anew the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

In a new call, activist Carlos Lazo, Bridges of Love Movement promoter, stated such a caravan will take place coming Sunday 25 for internationally calling President Joe Biden to put an end to the hostile sanctions against Cuba.

“We call on all international people of good will to hold events and caravans calling for the end of the US sanctions against the Cuban families,” Lazo told Prensa Latina.

The activist said coming Sunday 25 “we will once again raise our voices to support the Cuban people, so that President Biden puts an end to the economic blockade he has kept unchanged on Cuba and that punishes and kills the Cuban families”.

Lazo also called on international media outlets to break the other existing blockade, the information blockade that silences this kind of initiative, and called on men and women of good will who for decades have been demanding an end to this unilateral blockade imposed on Cuba for over six decades to join the international caravan.

Plus, he announced that several U.S. cities including Miami, New York and Los Angeles have already confirmed their strong support, as well as in Canada, several European and Latin American countries.

On the last weekend of each month, the Bridges of Love Movement conducts this solidarity action to call the Joe Biden Administration to lift all sanctions against Cuba and to put an end to the blockade imposed by successive administrations.


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Cuban foreign minister demands end to US economic blockade

United Nations, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday demanded in New York an end to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed for more than six decades by the United States.

On his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy demanded that President Joe Biden abide by the claims of Cuba at the United Nations regarding the sovereignty and integrity of territories.

Rodriguez tweeted that this demand includes the autonomy of small States, freedom of navigation, and respect for political differences.

He previously thanked more than 80 Colombian congresspeople for demanding the removal of Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

The Colombian parliamentarians extended their request to US Vice President Kamala Harris and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and acknowledged the multiple effects of this unilateral measure conceived by Washington against the Cuban people and Government.


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