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Cuba arrives in Argentina with renewed hope for the Greater Homeland

Canel argentina 2Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, attended the December 10 inauguration of the new Argentine government, with Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as President and Vice President, respectively, after four years of the Mauricio Macri administration’s neoliberal policies.

Díaz-Canel began his first day in Buenos Aires on December 9, meeting with some 50 Argentine business leaders. He thanked them for their support and perseverance in maintaining commercial relations with Cuba, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island by the U.S. government.

He paid tribute, in the Argentine capital, to José de San Martín, José Martí and the more than 30,000 persons disappeared or murdered by the military dictatorship, among them the young Cubans Jesús Cejas and Crescencio Galañena.

A moving, fraternal meeting was held with Argentine intellectuals, where he stated, “We must stand in solidarity to combat the neoliberal, conservative model and defend the human right to culture.”

He spoke with some 800 Argentine solidarity friends, recalling, “For Cubans, this is a nation for which we feel special affection, practically from birth. Che was born here. He was also declared Cuban by birth, an exceptional case that he shares in our history only with Generalísimo Máximo Gómez …”

He spoke of heartfelt sentiments for ” all the companions that Che brought along with him in the construction of our dreams of social justice in the founding years; the pain of the 30,000 disappeared; the struggles of the grandmothers and mothers of Plaza de Mayo; the passion for soccer, Maradona and his personal friendship with Fidel; the best of Latin American cinema and Spanish-language rock; Nestor and Cristina, whose legacy is now crystallized in Alberto’s victory.”

At the conclusion of the solidarity event, the President received Victor Kot, secretary general of the Communist Party of Argentina.


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