Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister arrives in Cuba

Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang reportedly arrived today in Cuba on an official visit, which will last until April 16.

According to the Director of Bilateral Affairs of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Miguel Pereira, the Vietnamese high-ranking government leader was welcomed at Jose Marti International Airport by Deputy Foreign Minister Anayansi Rodríguez.

In welcoming Luu Quang, Rodriguez highlighted the historic relations of brotherhood and mutual trust that unite the two peoples and governments, the deputy minister noted on X social media.


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Colombian writer Laura Restrepo condemns blockade against Cuba

San Juan, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The award-winning Colombian writer Laura Restrepo said in Puerto Rico that the former president of her country Iván Duque has great responsibility in the reinforcement of the US blockade that today overwhelms the Cuban people.

“Duque is responsible for placing Cuba on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism,” said the author of novels such as “Delirio y Demasiados héroes”, speaking at a meeting with personalities and journalists that took place at the headquarters of the Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH).

Restrepo, who is in Puerto Rico for the Annual Book Fair in Caguas, pointed out that the former Colombian president (2018-2022) showed his right-wing stance by running to the United States to attack Cuba, accusing it of receiving terrorists, in reference to the Colombian guerrillas who were negotiating peace with the government.

Contrary to Duque’s accusation, the writer said, Cuba has always been the only territory that opened its doors for all peace negotiations, for which the guerrillas had to move with the consent of the Colombian and Cuban governments.

Laura Restrepo said that this is the reason for Gustavo Petro’s determination to fight against the blockade on Cuba since he assumed the presidency of Colombia on August 7, 2022.

“In this way the blockade, which was already choking Cuba, was intensified,” stressed the Colombian writer, who was accompanied at the table by Julio Muriente, MINH president, and Puerto Rican lawyer and journalist Daniel Nina.


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Cuban President congratulates Vietnamese leader on his 80th birthday

Havana, April 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Sunday congratulated the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (PCV), Nguyen Phu Trong, on his 80th birthday.

On X, the Cuban leader wished Phu Trong great health, success and personal fortune.

Díaz-Canel also praised Phu Trong’s personal dedication in leading the PCV, which has been decisive in the path of building socialism in Vietnam.

In a message sent last February, Díaz-Canel expressed to the Vietnamese leader his certainty that in 2024 the unbreakable brotherhood between the two nations will be further strengthened.


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Grenada’s Prime Minister continues visit to Cuba

Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Grenada’s Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell continues his official visit to Cuba in the context of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two nations to be celebrated tomorrow.

The day before, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero received Mitchell and highlighted the historic ties of friendship and mutual cooperation.

During the meeting, Marrero stressed that the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, fostered the ties of solidarity between the two countries.

The Cuban head of government expressed the will to advance bilateral commitments and highlighted the importance of the official visit made by President Miguel Díaz-Canel to Grenada, in December 2022.

In turn, Mitchell expressed that it is a honor and pleasure to be in Cuba and described his visit as very emotional.

He affirmed that the relationship between the two countries will continue to grow and will endure through time.

This Friday, the distinguished visitor also made a guided tour of historical sites near the Plaza de Armas in this capital.


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Electromedicine Center in Cuba defies challenges due to the blockade

Camagüey, Cuba, April 13 (Prensa Latina) For the Public Health system of the largest region of Cuba, the Electromedicine Center is crucial in solving the challenges imposed by the United States blockade.

The constant search for solutions has led this group, which has the Association of Innovators and Rationalizers (Anir) as its driving force, to important results which have allowed it to save the country more than a million dollars in 2023.

This was stated by the director of the institution, Rafael Ramírez, who assured that the more than 150 workers in its four departments “do not stop looking for solutions to carry out all the necessary equipment for the province.” With the Medical Orthopedics department, a set of actions includes the integration of its Repair, Medical Equipment, Laboratory, and Technological Surveillance counterparts, which form the Center.

“We have several work strategies with specialists with a high sense of responsibility, ”Ramírez says.

“The Technological Surveillance Center is crucial for supplying the bank with existing problems which we are preparing to solve,” the main person in charge of the institution added.

Cuba has an important movement in Anir, capable of becoming one of the shields to support the national health infrastructure.

“Anir is our potential, thanks to it, we carry out several of the ideas that the group has,” Ramírez said.

Spare parts, he said, and so on are difficult for us due to the blockade, but the work allows us, for example, to rebuild autoclaves that are used for sterilization, even complex technological equipment, thanks to which the tomograph at the Manuel Ascunce Hospital works.

“We are talking about a figure of much more than a million dollars per year. There is equipment worth that amount, and sometimes it is recovered at a low cost in national currency. It takes work, but we have had the will to fix them,” he added.


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Terrorism against Cuba with more US funds

Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) U.S. taxpayers’ money will be used to finance another initiative of media terrorism against Cuba, under the name of Accelerate Fund for Independent Media and Content Creators, digital platforms denounced here.

The websites Razones de Cuba, Cuba por Siempre and the newspaper Granma, this week uncovered details of the issue, which prove Washington’s interference purposes. The Accelerate Fund, launched by the web page of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, will get, according to the legation, approximately 68,800 dollars from the U.S. Budget to finance the production of content on “challenging issues” on the island.

The restrictions for the sponsorship of the projects indicate that the subsidies cannot be used to finance political activities when at the same time they state in paragraph 1.1 the purpose of “promoting the objectives of the U.S. foreign policy in Cuba”.

According to the vision of the northern power, they should promote communication, commitment, and dialogue with the private sector and civil society, under the criterion that they are necessary actors for the materialization here of a political change.

However, recently, in a contradictory manner, the U.S. House of Representatives prohibited the allocation of federal funds to enterprises on this island.

The new eagerness of the US Embassy is not an isolated fact. While it was being launched, in the US Congress the anti-Cuban mafia managed to introduce into law the financing of more than 50 million dollars for subversive actions, 25 million for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, in charge of Radio and TV Martí, and 25 million for democracy promotion programs.


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Cuba and Benin express interest in promoting bilateral ties

Havana, April 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Benin today expressed their common interest in continuing to promote economic-commercial ties and cooperation, during a telephone conversation between Foreign Ministers Bruno Rodríguez and Oleshegun Abjadi Bakari respectively.

The head of Cuban diplomacy reported on social network X that during the dialogue they also agreed on the good state of bilateral relations.

Cuba and Benin have maintained collaboration in the training of human resources through the scholarship program, since the establishment of diplomatic relations on February 1, 1974.

Benin, a French-speaking country in West Africa, has a population of more than 11 million inhabitants on an area of 112,600 square kilometers.


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Cuban company recovers presence of its products in foreign market

Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The agro-industrial company Ceballos, in this central Cuban province, recovers the presence of its products in the international market, mainly habanero chili (hot bell pepper) and charcoal.

Located in the center of Ciego de Avila, the entity for the first time began exporting hot bell pepper puree to Europe and Canada, its traditional customers, the company’s director, Exnier Gonzalez, said.

He pointed out that with the new product, they close the production cycle since they can take advantage of up to 40% of the harvest because sometimes the fruit does not meet the essential requirements for sales abroad.

After four years of non-compliance with the exportable plan, the directors and workers of DCballos, the entity’s commercial firm, have the strong purpose of increasing the offers to its main markets and expect to exceed 20 million pesos at the end of the first semester, he said.

He explained that in addition to habanero chili and charcoal, DCballos also exports fresh fruits and industrialized products such as mango puree.

The Avila-based company will increase planting areas of the vegetable and will promote it as a strategic product, in the coming year, to meet the high demand for hot peppers in the markets of Canada, France, and the Netherlands, where prices range between 2,000 and 2,900 dollars per ton.

DCballos is well known in the foreign market for its exclusive chili bell pepper production, which had achieved remarkable growth levels before the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Sri Lanka selects candidates to study medicine in Cuba

Colombo, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The Sri Lankan Ministry of Education on Tuesday evaluated the candidates to study medicine in Havana, at a meeting that was attended by Cuban Ambassador Andrés González.

Like every year, Cuba offered the possibility for a Sri Lankan student to receive medical training at Cuban universities, the Cuban Embassy in Colombo highlighted in a press release.

H. G. A. Caldera, deputy secretary of the Ministry of Education, also participated in the selection process, as well as the Vice President of the University Grants Commission, Professor Chandana P. Udawate; Chiththadhamma Rathnamudali, president of the Association of Sri Lankan Graduates in Cuba; and Maribel Duarte, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy, among others, the diplomatic source added.

Also present were young people interested in the educational option that the Cuban Government offers to Sri Lanka as part of cooperation between the two nations.

At present, five young Sri Lankans are enrolled at the Latin American School of Medicine, a university that is part of Cuba’s Comprehensive Health Program and welcomes students from countries in the America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, the diplomatic source recalled.

Sri Lanka has more than 100 graduates from Cuban institutions in majors related to computers, sports, engineering, medicine and others.


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Cuba reiterates in CELAC condemnation of the assault on the Mexican embassy

Havana, April 9 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, today expressed his country’s condemnation of the assault on the Mexican embassy in Ecuador, during his intervention at the virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the CELAC.

Rodríguez denounced the event before the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which he described as an attack on Mexican sovereignty, which could set a very serious precedent and endanger international relations and cooperation between States.

The head of Cuban diplomacy stressed in his account on the social network “We defend the force of law”, he said.

He highlighted that Latin America and the Caribbean is and must continue to be a zone of peace, as Celac proclaimed in Havana 10 years ago.

The Foreign Minister reiterated the solidarity and support of his country to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to his counterpart Alicia Bárcena and to the Mexican people.

He asserted that the Mexican nation can count on Cuba’s willingness and will accompany them in the actions they undertake in the face of this serious transgression of International Law.

After the events, in which Ecuadorian forces entered the Mexican diplomatic headquarters to remove former vice president Jorge Glas, who was there as a political asylum, Mexico broke diplomatic ties with Ecuador.

Ecuador could be sanctioned by the International Court of Justice after the invasion of the Mexican embassy, a fact that continues to generate rejection today from several countries and organizations.


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