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Raúl congratulates Cuban delegation to 8th Summit of the Americas

Raul recibe LimaWith congratulations and a firm handshake, Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz received members of the island’s delegation who attended the 8th Summit of the Americas and its parallel forums, and recognized the strong position they maintained in defense of the Revolution.

Standing at the foot of the plane’s stairs, at José Martí International Airport, the Army General greeted each one – diplomats, youth, deputies, and representatives of civil society and the media, who waving Cuban flags as they arrived yesterday afternoon, from Lima, Peru.

Joining Raúl for the moving moment were Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power; Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers; José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee; and Marcelino Medina González, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Standing at the foot of the aircraft’s stairs, Raúl greeted each member of the delegation. Photo: Estudio Revolución
In a statement to the press, Cuban diplomat Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, who during the Civil Society Forum in Lima denounced the presence of mercenaries, emphasized, “It was a Summit in difficult conditions, different from the political context in which the Panama one was held. A Summit that had as a backdrop the neoliberal offensive, with Lula imprisoned and progressive governments under attack from the right.

“This was the second time we participated in these summits; we won the right ourselves, and we are going to continue being where we need to be, to tell our truth and speak with the voice of those with no voice,” he stated.

Referring to the phrase that captured the delegation’s efforts best, “Don’t mess with Cuba,” he insisted that “it emerged on our street corners, our neighborhoods, from the respect that we have won day by day over 60 years of resistance; we are a small people, but honorable; this comes from the Maceo, from Martí, from our heroes, from Fidel and Raúl.”

The young Mirthia Brossard Oris, vice president of the Federation of University Students, said it was very moving to see Raúl there, “because precisely everything we did and said at the Summit, the revolutionary spirit with which we left Cuba to represent civil society there, was dedicated fundamentally to Fidel and our Army General Raúl Castro Ruz.

“No matter who may have received us, this meant that the mission was accomplished.”


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