May 23 (Granma) Messages of solidarity continue to arrive to Cuba from all corners of the world, after the fatal plane crash on Friday, May 18, in which more than a hundred people lost their lives.
The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel, highlighted national and international solidarity with the relatives of the victims, and referred to messages that have arrived from distant places to accompany Cubans in their mourning.
Among the first messages to arrive was that of the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, wishing the families of the deceased strength and peace in this moment of grief, “You have all our support,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said he was deeply shocked on learning of the accident and offered his condolences “to the Cuban people, to brother Miguel Díaz-Canel, and especially to the families of the passengers and crew.”
Argentine soccer star, Diego Armando Maradona, expressed on Facebook: “I deeply lament the air tragedy in Cuba. There is no consolation. My respects to relatives of the victims.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin “conveyed words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of those killed, as well as wishes of a speedy recovery to those who survived the crash,” according to the Kremlin.
The King of Spain, Felipe VI, sent a message to the Cuban President in which he expressed his “deepest sympathy,” as well as his support and solidarity with “the beloved Cuban people.” Meanwhile, the leaders of Spanish parties Ciudadanos and PSOE, Albert Rivera and Pedro Sánchez, respectively, sent their condolences.
Days after the fatal event, a range of voices continued to express support to the Cuban people, and especially families of the victims.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and the Cuban people and government, Prensa Latina reported. A statement issued by his spokesman described this as a “difficult momentofnational mourning.”
Various messages of solidarity also arrived from different countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping assured in a missive that the tragedy had a profound impact on him and asked that his condolences be communicated to the relatives of the deceased.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Guillermo García Ibáñez, in which he expressed his condolences for the tragedy.
The Government of Chile also issued a statement expressing solidarity with Cuba.
Communiqués from Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and Colombia expressed support for the island that remains in mourning.
Expressions of condolence likewise arrived on behalf of the Canadian government, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party of Lebanon, Walid Jumblatt.
Renowned Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas, joined the messages of condolences to the Cuban people, sending “all the strength and encouragement to our Cuban brothers after the terrible plane crash. My heart is with the families of the victims. #FuerzaCuba,” through his Twitter account.
Spanish singer Raphael also tweeted: “My dearest Cuba, today more than ever my heart is with you! My deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims of the plane crash and wishing the survivors a speedy recovery.”
He also used the hastag #FuerzaCuba (KeepStrongCuba), which began to trend on social media, in a show of support for the island country and its people following the tragedy. (International news staff)