Ethiopia and Cuba have potential to diversify their relations

Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia and Cuba treasure long-standing relations and have great potential to diversify them, considered the new ambassador of that country on the island, Genet Teshone, who said he will work to achieve it.

Teshone traveled to Havana to present his credentials as new head of Mission, a position he will have to exercise from his country since Ethiopia was forced to temporarily transfer the operations of its embassy in Havana to Addis Ababa due to serious budgetary restrictions, as it did with others.

In conversation with Prensa Latina, the ambassador pointed out that the ties between the two countries are historic and in 2023 they will be celebrating the golden anniversary (50) of these ties, “so we are going to work to increase and diversify them”.

“Our relations are very strong, sustained by the blood of Cuban fighters who assisted the Ethiopian people in stopping and crushing the Somali invasion (1977-1978),” Teshone recalled, who previously served as the second head of his country’s embassy in China.

Subsequently, they grew and expanded. Cuba educated, he recalled, many young Ethiopians, including orphans of the conflict with Somalia.

The diplomat described as very good the cooperation in health in which doctors and other specialists have worked in Ethiopian hospitals providing medical and academic assistance. They have also collaborated in the transfer of technology.


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ALBA-TCP Summit announced in Cuba

Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The XXI Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) will take place in Havana next Friday, it was announced.

This was reported by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its web page.

At the forum, the nations that make up the alliance “will share common development strategies and analyze the regional political situation,” the announcement said.

The meeting will host leaders of Latin American and Caribbean countries that make up the grouping, founded in 2004 at the initiative of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, then presidents of Cuba and Venezuela.

ALBA-TCP emphasizes the fight against social exclusion through collaboration and complementation mechanisms.

The summit in Havana will take place days before the IX Summit of the Americas begins in Los Angeles, whose host, the U.S. government excluded Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

This decision was rejected by governments of the hemisphere, including members of ALBA-TCP.


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French Senator demands end of blockade against Cuba

Paris, May 24 (Prensa Latina) French Senator Laurence Cohen on Tuesday demanded the lifting of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, a policy she described as infamous.

In declarations to Prensa Latina, the communist parliamentarian of the Val-de-Marne region, acknowledged Cuba’s resistance in the face of a siege with more than six decades of implementation, and tightened in recent years.

Cohen defended the right of the Cubans and of everyone in the world to freely choose the political and socioeconomic system they decide.

I want to take advantage of this message to ratify our support for a people such as the Cuban people, whose resistance and solidarity with others who need it we recognize, the communist senator said.


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Cuba ratifies support for China on territorial issues

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Beijing, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba ratified its support for China on the issues of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet, rejecting double standards, politicization and the use of the issue of human rights to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

Cuba’s ambassador, Carlos Miguel Pereira, reaffirmed his support for China’s position during an online meeting of the diplomatic corps with the High Commissioner of the United Nations Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who will be visiting China until May 28th.

“We celebrate the achievements made by China in the fight against poverty and its advances in recent decades in the economic and social areas. Similarly, we recognize its role as a leading actor and coordinator among developing countries and in terms of protection of human rights,” Pereira said.

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The official highlighted Cuba’s commitment to the purposes of the UN Charter and adherence to the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity.

He also expressed hope that Michelle Bachelet’s visit to China can contribute to establishing, by mutual agreement, a good environment for cooperation and dialogue on human rights.


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Cuban Foreign Minister thanks donation to transplant program

Cuba, agradecimiento, donación, `trasplantes, renales

Havana, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez thanked the donation made by Cuban emigrants to the pediatric liver transplant program through the solidarity platform Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love).

The official stressed that this gesture of altruism breaks the obstacles placed by the U.S. blockade on the island’s public health system, which has increased access to supplies and medicines or is prevented from acquiring technologies with U.S.-origin components.

Bridges of love bring hope to Cuban children who are victims of the senselessness of a criminal and inhumane blockade, Rodriguez wrote on the social network Twitter.

This Sunday, representatives of the Bridges of Love initiative delivered to the William Soler Hospital, in this capital, a part of the chemical compound essential to perform liver transplants in children.

This health program in Cuba has been stopped for two years due to the lack of this medicine, Cuban television authorities from the Ministry of Public Health told and explained that it will be resumed as a result of this gesture of solidarity.

“This is the first step. We will send all the medical material necessary to save the lives of all children, the project coordinator Carlos Lazo said on Facebook.


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End of the blockade against Cuba demanded from Miami, USA

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Washington, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Cubans and US citizens demanded from Miami, Florida, the end of the economic blockade and Washington’s decision to keep the Caribbean country on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, authorities announced.

Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared on its Twitter account images of the rally that took place in the U.S. city on Sunday afternoon, where a group of activists can be seen holding Cuban flags and signs that read, “End the Blockade”.

Members of Cuba solidarity groups raised their voices once again to demand Joe Biden’s administration to put a complete end to the hostilities, in the midst of the recent measures taken by the White House towards the island, which they described as insufficient.

Since last May 16, the U.S. State Department announced limited measures towards Cuba, reversing some of the 243 decisions taken by the administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).

The displays of solidarity from the United States with the island extended to this Sunday, when the solidarity project Bridges of Love delivered in Havana a donation with supplies for liver transplants in infants sent by Cuban residents abroad.


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Cuba Prepares 6th International Meeting of Young Pianists


Havana, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Instrumentalists from France, Russia, China, South Korea, Egypt, Greece, Ukraine and Cuba will meet from May 24 to June 11 in Havana at the 6th International Meeting of Young Pianists, organizers said.

Held at the Minor Basilica of the Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, the inaugural gala includes performances by French violinist Chloe Kiffer, together with Alexandre Moutouzkine (Russia), and accompanied by the Lyceum Orchestra of Havana, conducted by Maestro Jose Antonio Mendez.

The contest highlights the return to Havana of artists Inesa Sinkevych (Ukraine), Wael Farouk (Egypt) and Moutouzkine himself, and de debut in Havana of pianists Kirill Gerstein (Russia-US) and Katia Skanavi (Greece).

Among the Asian representatives stand out South Korean musician Yeontaek Oh, winner of the Frechilla-Zuloaga Prize in Spain, and Guangshou Tian, from China, who was ​​invited for the first time.

Already acclaimed pianists such as Marcos Madrigal and Ernesto Oliva will represent Cuba, along with the new generation, which includes Malva Rodriguez, Christian Perez, Daniel Rodriguez and Sofia Iraola.

The international repertoire consists of works by Inesa Sinkevych, winner of the National Music Prize; Leo Brouwer and Ernesto Oliva, both from Cuba, together with a selection of pieces from Cuban heritage composed by Roberto Valera, Juan Piñera, Jose Maria Vitier and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, with accompaniment by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Organized by the Esteban Salas Musical Heritage Office and the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, the concert season reserves almost twenty concerts with orchestra, recitals and master classes by 14 performers from nine nations.


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Cuba seeks alternatives to develop its economy

Havana, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is committed to taking bold and innovative measures to develop its economy in an adverse global scenario, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said at the beginning of a busy week for that sector in the country.

The actions in question are taken in pursuit of the greatest possible equity, as the only way to face the tightening of the United States economic blockade and difficulties such as the rise in fuel and food prices, he expanded on Monday, at the final session of the National People’s Power Assembly. The week that began with these statements was marked by the signing of an agreement to treat wastewater in the Caribbean, the progress of cooperation with India and the launch of important events for the country.

Authorities from Cuba and France made progress in the mission in Cuba of the Caribbean Cooperation project for Wastewater Treatment inspired by Natural Heritage (Caribsan).

Through workshops, tours and meetings held from May 16 to 20, they ratified the commitment to the exploration of artificial wetland systems or planted filters for wastewater treatment in the Caribbean region and specifically in Cuba.

On the other hand, the president of the Indian Economic Trade Organization, Asif Iqbal, and the head of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Antonio Carricarte, agreed on an action plan to strengthen mutual cooperation.

At the headquarters of the Cuban Chamber, both parties signed the document, which will be the roadmap to implement this year the main lines agreed last Monday in a memorandum of understanding.

In addition, the eastern region hosted the first edition of the Local Development Fair in the city of Holguín, where more than 80 stockholders from the economy in the territory and other provinces participated.

During this period, the upcoming celebration of two fundamental events for the economic and commercial development of the country was also announced.

The Food Industry Ministry put the finishing touches on the International Food, Beverage and Food Technology Fair (Alimentos Cuba 2.0), which will be held from May 24 to 26 in Havana and will help boost national production.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca invited Caribbean and African diplomats to participate in the 17th ExpoCaribe 2022 International Fair, scheduled for June 23-26 in Santiago de Cuba.


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Venezuela Thanks Mexico for Advocating for an Inclusive Summit

Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Faria, 2022.
Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Faria, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/ @SELAInforma

The Mexican president will not attend the “Summit of the Americas” if the United States does not invite Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

May 18 (teleSUR) On Wednesday, Venezuela thanked Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) for his stance regarding the Summit of the Americas to be held in Los Angeles.

“Venezuela salutes and appreciates the courageous stance of President Lopez Obrador who advocates for a diverse and inclusive America. His call for a Summit of the Americas without exclusions resonates in our America,” the Bolivarian Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Faria tweeted.

This message was posted after AMLO asked President Joe Biden’s administration to “initiate a new policy” in the region and invite Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to the event in Los Angeles.

“I have confidence in President Biden. I think he could take this step and do back all that anachronistic and unjust policy of subordination and lack of respect for the independence and sovereignty of the peoples,” the Mexican president said.

Manolo De Los [email protected]_realengoAMLO is the first President to announce they will not be attending in Biden’s friends-only & exclusive ‘Summit of the Americas’ #PeoplesSummit22


For the past few weeks, AMLO has caused controversy for his announcement that he will not attend the Summit of the Americas if the United States does not invite Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. His stance has been supported by the nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Bolivia.

On May 2, the United States ruled out inviting those nations to the Summit to be held from June 8 to 10, because Washington considers they “do not respect” democracy. Criticisms have been unleashed by the U.S. claim to define who does or does not belong to “the Americas.”

“Biden’s plan to pick and choose which countries can attend the Summit has set off regional fireworks. Unlike in the past, when the U.S. had an easier time imposing its will on Latin America, nowadays there is a fierce sense of independence, especially with a resurgence of progressive governments,” commented Medea Benjamin, a Codepink activist. 

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Leader of Russia’s Fidel Castro Fund visits Prensa Latina

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Havana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The director of Russia’s Fidel Castro Fund, Leonid Savin, on Friday visited the headquarters of Prensa Latina, where he analyzed the increase in collaboration with the news agency.

During the meeting with Savin, Prensa Latina Information Vice President Luisa Maria Gonzalez referred to the possibility of expanding cooperation and the exchange of materials.

Regarding the plans to build a monument to Fidel Castro in a square that bears his name in Moscow, the young Russian political scientist and editor of magazine expressed his hopes to inaugurate that artwork in mid-2022.

Savin was interested in the publications produced by Prensa Latina, such as Prisma and Avances Medicos magazines, the weekly Orbe, The Havana Reporter and Negocios en Cuba, among others.

During his stay in Cuba, the Russian political scientist also visited the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and the Fidel Castro Center.


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