Diaz-Canel reaffirms willingness to strengthen relations with Mexico

Havana, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel thanked his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, for his support and reaffirmed his willingness to continue strengthening bilateral relations during the next term of President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum.

In a phone call with my dear friend @lopezobrador, I expressed my congratulations on the recent election victory. I thanked him for his constant support to #Cuba and reaffirmed the willingness to continue deepening the historic bilateral relations with the next president of #Mexico, Diaz-Canel wrote on his X profile.

During the term of President Lopez Obrador, relations between Cuba and Mexico have been characterized by their warmth and have strengthened in the most diverse areas of cooperation.

On June 3, President Diaz-Canel also spoke by telephone with Mexico’s President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum, whom he congratulated on her victory in the federal elections.

As President Lopez Obrador’s successor, Sheinbaum confirmed the willingness to move forward in areas of mutual interest for bilateral relations. “Mexico and Cuba are sister nations united by bonds of cooperation, solidarity, and shared history.”

With an extraordinary endorsement as a scientist and politician, Sheinbaum, who will take office on October 1, expressed her responsibility to President Lopez Obrador’s legacy and promised the people of Mexico to govern with humility and responsibility.

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Cuban agricultural products promoted in French market

Marseille, France, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) A business delegation from the Cuban province of Cienfuegos presented today at the Chamber of Commerce of Marseille a dozen agricultural products with chances of reaching the French market for their quality, flavor and freshness.

Commercial authorities and representatives of several importing companies from the southern Mediterranean city attended the event, who recognized the quality of fruits and tubers in display, and showed willingness to hold talks with a view to eventual future business.

Mango, mamey, guava, pineapple, Persian lime, cucumber, hot bell pepper, sweet potato, turmeric and ginger were among the products promoted, including tastings of some of them.

As a result of the meeting, the trip of a trade mission from Marseille to the Havana International Fair FIHAV-2024, to be held in early November, will continue the rapprochement.

It has been a very profitable visit, due to the issues addressed and the reception of the products, the deputy director of the Agroindustrial Company Cítricos Arimao, Isce Tellería, one of the members of the delegation from Cienfuegos, told Prensa Latina. He was accompanied here by the Cuban ambassador, Otto Vaillant, and the economic and commercial adviser Danae de Paz. Tellería said that charcoal, mango and hot bell pepper are already present in the French market, in small format, so the aspiration is to diversify the offer.

We see favorable prospects for expanding our trade relations on the French soil, where we will continue the presentation this week in Paris, said the official, who made the trip with the director of Foreign Trade, Foreign Investment and Cooperation of Cienfuegos, Yanet Gonzalez, and the Director of Science and Development of the Delegation of Agriculture, Liliana Mederos.

For her part, de Paz highlighted the chances of promoting bilateral cooperation in this sector and the quality of the products, grown in an ecological environment.

Ambassador Vaillant thanked the Marseille Chamber of Commerce, the oldest of its kind in the world (XVI century), and the opportunity to promote Cuban products and events that will take place in this Caribbean nation, particularly FIHAV-2024 and the international fair of Cienfuegos ExpoSur-2024.

We hope that new and good export opportunities for fruits and other Cuban agricultural products will come out of this visit, he stressed.

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Cuba and Brazil foreign minister meet at Brics Meeting

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and his Brazilian counterpart, Mario Vieria, met here on Monday on the sidelines of the Brics Plus Ministerial Council.

During the meeting, both foreign ministers agreed on the positive state of bilateral relations, and shared criteria in relation to the international agenda and the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The head of Cuban diplomacy, on behalf of the Cuban people and Government, expressed solidarity and support for the situation affecting the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, after heavy rains and floods devastated the territory since late April, leaving more than 100 people dead and missing.

Rodríguez thanked Brazil for its rejection of Cuba’s inclusion in the spurious list of state sponsors of terrorism, orchestrated by the United States.

Prior to this meeting, in the morning, the Cuban foreign minister met with his counterparts from Belarus, Sergey Aleinik, and Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, with whom he also reviewed the development of bilateral ties.

Rodriguez acknowledged Minsk’s support for Havana in condemning the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for more than six decades, with an extensive tightening in recent years.

Meanwhile, together with the main representative of Egyptian diplomacy, they agreed on the need to end Israel’s escalation against the Palestinian people in Gaza, and the support for the recognition of Palestine as a State of the United Nations.

The Cuban foreign minister arrived in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday to participate in the meeting of the Brics Plus Ministerial Council, at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

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Cuba urged to promote mechanisms for popular participation

Santa Clara, Cuba, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Assembly of People’s Power (parliament) of Cuba, Esteban Lazo, has stressed the importance of promoting mechanisms of popular participation and maintaining a permanent link with the citizenship.

Winding up a parliamentary visit to Villa Clara, Lazo called on the Cuban people not to give up and to be sensitive to the problems of the population.

Lazo, who is also president of the Council of State, highlighted the relevance of the meetings the deputies held in that central province, as part of the control work of the legislative body, which also contributes to its operation, as well as the work system of the districts.

The Cuban Parliament reported on its website that from June 5 to 8, nine committees of the National Assembly toured the 13 municipalities of Villa Clara, where they visited 300 work and study centers, 14 communities and talked to 12,111 people.

The legislators evaluated the main development programs of the territory, people’s dissatisfactions, and the alternatives to the main challenges the province faces.

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Cuba rejects again its inclusion in terrorism list

Havana, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ernesto Soberón, reportedly reiterated to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, the denunciation for the inclusion of his country in the US terrorist list.

In a statement, also addressed to the president of the United Nations General Assembly and to the presidency of the Security Council, Soberon shared the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex) entitled “The United States must remove Cuba, once and for all, from the list of States that allegedly sponsor terrorism”.

This statement denounces this unjust inclusion and stresses that it is not enough just to recognize that Cuba fully cooperates with Washington’s anti-terrorist efforts.

Similarly, Soberón requests that the letter and its annex (the Minrex statement) be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 109, and of the Security Council.

The U.S. State Department informed that Cuba was removed from the list of countries that, according to Washington, “do not cooperate fully” in the fight against terrorism.

For its part, the Cuban government considered the provision insufficient, which is not equivalent to the elimination of the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, which implies serious limitations for the island’s economic and commercial business.

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Deputy prime minister praises agricultural work in Cuban province

Sancti Spíritus, Cuba Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Prime Minister Inés María Chapman is paying a working visit on Friday to several agricultural areas in the north and south of this central Cuban province, where she met with local leaders and workers.

Chapman, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) is accompanied by Sancti Spiritus Governor Alexis Lorente, leaders of the agricultural sector and local authorities.

The tour began in the agricultural zone of Batey Colorado, which belongs to Empresa Agroindustrial de Granos Valle del Caonao, in the northern municipality of Yaguajay, one of the grain producing areas of the province.

She learned about the company’s development projects to achieve self-sufficiency and contribute to the province, in areas of high demand such as corn and soybean, which are used to produce animal feed.

Company Director Celso Díaz explained that some 38 hectares of transgenic corn and about 14 hectares of soybean, as well as other short-cycle crops, which essential to meet the demand of the population, have been planted in the valley.

Here, more than 500 hectares are protected by irrigation, with the use of Central Pivot machines (fregat) and new systems received through international collaboration, he said.

The deputy prime minister praised the working strategies of the company, which is committed to fulfilling the national strategy and meeting the needs of the population, and was also interested in the use of organic fertilizers, as an alternative to the current shortage of resources.

According to Chapman’s agenda, in the afternoon, she will visit the municipality of Sancti Spíritus, where La Zaza, Cuba’s largest dam, currently with scarce water reserves, is located.

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China and Cuba ratify the commitment to the construction of socialism

Beijing, June 8 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, and the director of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Liu Jianchao, reaffirmed today in this capital the strong determination of both countries in the construction of socialism.

Liu expressed support to the Caribbean nation in confronting the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States and against unilateral sanctions.

He also praised Cuba’s unwavering character in safeguarding its national interests.

He also showed confidence in the country’s ability to overcome obstacles and achieve new victories in the construction of socialism.

For his part, the also member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and special envoy of the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, expressed the special priority towards ties with the Asian giant and the (CCP).

Rodríguez stressed the importance of historical ties based on the closest unity around the two parties, expressed Cuban support for the principle of one China and opposition to interference in its internal affairs.

Both parties recognized the strong consensus and political trust between the top leaders of the two Parties and countries. As well as the will to strengthen partisan exchanges and promote greater development through the deployment of bilateral cooperation to all sectors.

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Cambodia reiterates willingness to cooperate with Cuba in agriculture

Phnom Penh, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry Resources and Fisheries, Dit Tina, ratified here in Phnom Penh, the willingness to strengthen agricultural cooperation with Cuba, a nation with whom the Kingdom today maintains excellent bilateral relations.

Tina expressed this willingness when he received the new Cuban ambassador to Cambodia, Milena Zaldívar, in a meeting in which both stressed the mutual commitment to promote investment in the rice sector in Cuba, giving continuity to the historic ties of fraternal friendship that have existed for more than six decades.

In this sense, they identified relevant legal aspects to achieve the success of the investment process, establishing a bilateral work scheme to follow up on the consensus reached, which will allow building trust among the actors involved in the project and guarantee its true economic sustainability.

In this regard, Tina pointed out the necessary articulation and coordination between the parties and the availability of technology and agricultural inputs to increase productivity as key factors for the success and attraction of investors.

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Phnom Penh, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry Resources and Fisheries, Dit Tina, ratified here in Phnom Penh, the willingness to strengthen agricultural cooperation with Cuba, a nation with whom the Kingdom today maintains excellent bilateral relations.

Tina expressed this willingness when he received the new Cuban ambassador to Cambodia, Milena Zaldívar, in a meeting in which both stressed the mutual commitment to promote investment in the rice sector in Cuba, giving continuity to the historic ties of fraternal friendship that have existed for more than six decades.

In this sense, they identified relevant legal aspects to achieve the success of the investment process, establishing a bilateral work scheme to follow up on the consensus reached, which will allow building trust among the actors involved in the project and guarantee its true economic sustainability.

In this regard, Tina pointed out the necessary articulation and coordination between the parties and the availability of technology and agricultural inputs to increase productivity as key factors for the success and attraction of investors.

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Russia plans to support Cuba in the development of renewable energies

St. Petersburg, Russia, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Russian Deputy Energy Minister Evgueni Grabchak stressed that his country is working together with Cuban authorities to support the development of renewable energies in the Caribbean nation.

Russian companies in the energy sector “are actively working in Latin America”, and one of our markets is in the island with the construction of facilities with the use of natural resources, the vice-president said in declarations to Sputnik news agency.

Grabchak stressed that the 27th edition of the St. Petersburg Forum (SPIEF 2024) is an important showcase to strengthen ties and create commitments in terms of collaboration with Latin American countries.

“As far as the construction of hubs and networks is concerned, it is above all with Cuba with which we maintain an intense collaboration,” he remarked.

He also announced that within the agenda of the largest economic event in Russia he will have a meeting with Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, who heads the Cuban delegation, where they will talk about the energy projects they are implementing, “some related to the construction of renewable energy facilities,” Grabchak added.

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Sri Lankan newspaper claims justice for Cuba

Colombo, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Mawbina newspaper in this capital, published the request of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka to the United States to remove Cuba from the arbitrary list of countries allegedly sponsoring terrorism.

The daily publication reproduced the statement in which the political organization further urged the Colombo government to join the growing world campaign demanding the cessation of Washington’s aggressiveness against the Caribbean nation.

It also urged the authorities of the South Asian country to demand the lifting of all the unacceptable measures of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade that for more than 60 years US governments have imposed against the Cubans.

The Communist Party of Sri Lanka denounced that Washington’s unjust designation of Cuba as a country sponsoring terrorism serves as an instrument of coercion and economic pressure against the Cuban people and is also a major obstacle to the commercial and economic development of that island.

He pointed out that anyone doing business with Cuba runs the risk of receiving punitive measures by the U.S. government, by this, the Caribbean country is prevented from obtaining energy, food, and even medical equipment for its inhabitants.

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