Díaz-Canel reaffirms unwavering support for Palestinian cause

Dubai, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel reaffirmed on Wednesday the unwavering support for the cause and legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people against the illegal occupation and genocide on International Day of Solidarity with Palestine.

On the X platform, Díaz-Canel stressed that “the countries of the world must settle the historical debt with Palestine by demanding peace.”

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez also expressed the “support and unwavering solidarity” of the Cuban people.

In his message on the same social media, Rodríguez demanded a ceasefire and the end of the genocide committed by Israel and noted that the world community cannot remain impassive in the face of disregard for international law.

Cuba has maintained its historic position of support for the Palestinian cause and defends a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution to the conflict based on the creation of two States.

Since the beginning of Israel’s aggression against the Gazan population on October 7, Cuba’s authorities, institutions, civil society organizations, and the population have expressed their rejection to the violence that has killed more than 15,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 children.

The Cuban president and other senior authorities recently led a march in the Cuban capital in solidarity with Palestine, which was organized by the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC) to demand an end to those attacks.

They also demanded a lasting solution to the conflict that would allow the Palestinian people to exercise their right to self-determination and have an independent and sovereign State within the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated on November 29 each year. The United Nations General Assembly adopted it in December 1977.

Díaz-Canel arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday to participate in the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) and to pay an official working visit.

This is Díaz-Canel’s first official visit to the UAE. He came accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and representatives of other ministries, institutions, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Cuba offers more investment opportunities in health sector

Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The health exporting sector in Cuba currently offers new opportunities to possible investors in this country, where there is a potential to develop several services in this sphere.

Yamila de Armas, president of Cuba’s state-run enterprise Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos S.A., said her country has a portfolio of opportunities and remains open to other proposals.

De Armas expressed that we are committed to foreign investment in Cuba and accompany those entrepreneurs when they decide to do so in their own country.

She stated that investing in Cuba’s health is an extraordinary wealth. Cuba has more than 1,000 proposals with thermal mineral waters that spring up by themselves with a notable volume per minute.

Those who come to Cuba can take advantage of its beautiful beaches and include the enjoyment of thermal waters and the remaining natural destinations in their vacation. There are bathing thermal resorts in Cuba to invest in, and we have enough for this endeavor, taking into account the success of this business in other nations based on nature, sustainability, and quality of life, the functionary said.

The future of health in the world will be linked to personalized medicine, and Cuba has an advanced path in medical genetics.


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Cuba develops activities previous participation in COP28

Dubai, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban delegation to the 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) is developing today several activities prior to the start, tomorrow, of the event.

The Cuban delegation is completing details in the national stand at the Expo City in Dubai, where it will show some of the purposes and results of the implementation of the State Plan for the fight against climate change, known as Task Life.

In this area, standing out are the efforts to increase energy efficiency, expand the use of renewable sources, and promote a less carbon-intensive economic development, endorsed in the Cuban Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030.

For that date, Cuba has set a goal of increasing electricity generation based on renewable sources to 24 percent, in addition to an increase in forest coverage to 33 percent, which should avoid the emission of 169.9 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The adoption and publication this year of the Law on the System of Natural Resources and the Environment is another important step that has become the main national regulation on climate change.


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Cuba and Sri Lanka’s province assess cooperation

Colombo, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Andrés González Garrido, and Governor of North Western province and Member of Parliament, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, reportedly assessed the possibilities for cooperation.

During a meeting, both officials also examined the relations between the two countries, according to a note from the Cuban Embassy in Sri Lanka.

North Western is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka. Its capital is Kurunegala, which has a population of 28,571 inhabitants.

This province is known mainly for its several coconut plantations. Other major cities are Puttalam, Kuliyapitiya, and Chilaw.

Fishing, shrimp farming, and rubber tree plantations are other prominent economic activities in the province, which has a population of over two million, according to an official census.


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Venezuela and Cuba sign seven cooperation agreements in tourism

Caracas, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Venezuela and Cuba signed seven cooperation agreements in tourism that will serve to strengthen this sector in Venezuela geared towards the international market.

This was one of the results of the 16th International Tourism Fair (FITVen 2023) in Barquisimeto, state of Lara, which was attended by some thirty countries.

The Ministry of Tourism of Venezuela Alí Padrón detailed that the agreements into the “provision of artistic and cultural services by emblematic Cuban groups” will strengthen relations between Caracas and Havana.

Venezuela and Cuba also established a letter of intent that will allow restoration work on furniture and buildings with heritage and decoration value.

The agreements will also contribute to the formation and training through courses, workshops and specialized programs, in areas such as cinema, plastic arts, modern dance, and other artistic manifestations.

The Venezuelan Minister for Tourism wrote in his account in X, that Venezuelan tour operator Venetur S.A. and the Cuban companies Servitur and the Gran Caribe Hotel Group were involved in the negotiations.

FITVen 2023 began last Thursday and concluded on Monday. It was reported that the state of Táchira will host the 17th edition next year.


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Cuban folklore delights audiences in the Indian state of Meghalaya

New Delhi, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) A representation of the Cuban National Folkloric Ensemble (CFNC) delighted the audience at the inauguration of the “Tril Hills Ensemble” Festival in the Indian state of Meghalaya, it was reportedly stated.

Led by choreographer Leiván García, the group gave a performance based on one of the island’s traditional dances, the mambo, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, according to diplomatic sources.

The CNFC will also participate in the VII International Folk Festival of India, which began the day before in Calcutta with the presentation of the Bong Sen Ethnic Music and Dance Theatre of Vietnam and will continue this Saturday with the Russian group Severnye Zory.

With the music and dance show The Root and Time, the Cuban dance music group will close tomorrow, Sunday, the festival organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), after the presentation of Mulualem Cultural Center of Ethiopia, according to the program.

Their proposal covers traditional to contemporary expressions such as the Lucumí tradition and dances referring to the gods of the Yoruba pantheon Yemayá, Elegbá, Ogún, as well as son, boleros, rumbas, mambos and casino.

The group will also perform on November 29 in New Delhi in a program organized by the Caribbean nation’s embassy in India.


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Cuba pays tribute to Fidel Castro, the eternal leader

Havana, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba pays tribute to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), with multiple tributes throughout the country dedicated to evoke his legacy, on the seventh anniversary of his physical disappearance.

The day before, cultural institutions also joined the tributes to the historic leader with the panel “Hart’s Vision of Fidel”, convened by the “Oficina del Programa Martiano” of the island.

The dialogue was led by prestigious intellectuals such as the director of Casa de las Americas, Abel Prieto; the director of the Oficina del Programa Martiano, Eduardo Torres Cuevas, and writers and researchers Pedro Pablo Rodriguez and Eloisa Carrera, widow of Armando Hart.

Fidel Castro led one of the most influential insurgent movements in Latin America in the 1950s and, with his triumph, commanded one of the most influential leftist governments in the region.

His role in consolidating the revolutionary process; the economic and social transformations of the country; the development of education, health, sports, culture and science; the confrontation of U.S. aggressions and the call for unity in the region made him a universal symbol of resistance.


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Humanist programs of Fidel Castro appreciated in Sri Lanka

Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Graduates Association of Sri Lanka, highlighted today the humanist idea of Fidel Castro (1926-2016) to allow students from other countries to study in Cuba.

The president of the group KRDV Rathnamudali described the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution as the greatest man the 20th century has seen. This was said by Rathnamudali during a beautiful and exciting activity, on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of th physical disappearance of the Cuban leader, in an environment adorned with the Cuban and Sri Lankan ensigns and a bust of Fidel Castro, made by the association, and which is safeguarded at the Cuban embassy in Colombo.

The leader of the KRDV also stressed that this program means a lot to nations like Sri Lanka, which has professionals in various sectors such as health, sports and computer science graduated from Cuban universities.

On behalf of the group, the leader expressed his enormous gratitude to Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for taking care of them during their studies. He also emphasized on that period, during which they received a first class academic education for life.

Rathnamudali affirmed that they confess anywhere in the world that they are professionals graduated in Cuba, and are respected for it. He added that they always feel Fidel’s guidance in aspects of life and daily work and that “although we are now adults, we feel we are sons and daughters of Fidel, who lives in our hearts”.


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Iranian groups in solidarity with Cuba recall Fidel Castro legacy

Tehran, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Iranians in solidarity with Cuba recalled on Sunday Fidel Castro´s anti-imperialism and his stance in favor of the cause of Palestine.

At the Cuban embassy in Iran, Ambassador Alberto Gonzalez Casas welcomed representatives of various groups of solidarity with Cuba, while thanking the works of local artists who extolled a figure of Commander Fidel.

During the day, archive images were shown revealing the diplomatic relations between the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution and high-ranking Iranian officials as a sign of fraternal relations between the two States.

During the ceremony, a minute of silence was held for the civilian victims and journalists killed by Israel in the onslaught of intensified attacks against the Gaza Strip since October 7.

Poet and Director of the Cuban Cultural Center in Iran, Hadi Khansarii, praised Fidel’s revolutionary work and recalled how he was able to renounce the cradle of luxury in which he was born to devote himself to fight for the interests of the poorest and neediest in his country and in every corner of the world, with positions in favor of peoples such as Palestine.


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Bolivian movement in solidarity with Cuba pays honor to Fidel Castro

Cochabamba, Bolivia, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba on Sunday reaffirms its strength after an extensive day in which it paid tribute in Cochabamba to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro.

“Solidarity cannot be blocked like food, medicines and even oxygen in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic as it happened with Cuba”, as assured by Dr. Émer Valderrama, president of this social movement in Cochabamba.

Valderrama availed himself of such an opportunity to welcome the Cuban Ambassador to Bolivia Danilo Sánchez, the representative for the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) Junior Bolaños, Cuban diplomats as well as members of the solidarity movement from La Paz, Cochabamba, Pando, Oruro, Tarija and Beni, on the 7th anniversary of Fidel Castro´s death.

Plus, the meeting was attended by specialists from Cuba´s Health Ministry (MINSAP), doctors graduated in Cuba, Cuban residents in Bolivia and children of martyrs of Che Guevara’s guerrilla in this country.

As closing speech, Ambassador Sanchez stressed that solidarity to break the blockade has to be concrete and also praised collaboration between the two countries in livestock, agriculture, advances in the medical-pharmaceutical industry and in other sectors.


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