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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cuban president thanks British solidarity (+Photos)



London, Nov 14. -Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, president of the Councils of State and  Ministers of Cuba, expressed gratitude to the British people for the signs of friendship and affection professed towards his country in these almost 60 years of revolutionary process.

On a transit visit to this capital after completing an international tour, Díaz-Canel held this Tuesday an emotional meeting with members of the campaign of solidarity with Cuba in the United Kingdom and union representatives.

During the pleasant exchange in the residence of the embassy of Havana in London, the president updated the members of that movement and compatriots based here on the situation in the Greater Antilles and their relations with this European nation.

Regarding that, he emphasized that the most important process that the island faces right now is the constitutional reform one, with a huge popular participation.

The head of State referred to the debate on the draft of  the new constitution in Cuba, which highlighted the broad involvement of the people.

When commenting his experiences in this regard, he emphasized that the elderly participates in the process with the commitment that it will be the Magna Carta that they will bequeath to their children and grandchildren, while the young people do so with the commitment that it will be the text to defend in the future.

It is a "strong" constitutional project, he stressed, and he was convinced that after the popular consultation, the law of laws that will eventually be adopted and the referendum will be even more vigorous and modern.

Regarding bilateral links, he stressed that they boosted from 2016 with the visit made to Havana by the then British chancellor, Philip Hammond, current minister of Finance.

Precisely, Hammond, considered the second figure of the United Kingdom government, received the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba the day before.

According to Díaz-Canel, the main obstacle in the development of these links is the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed for more than half a century by the United States against his country, whose extraterritorial measures affect the financial flows and investments.

He thanked the support of the United Kingdom Solidarity movement to break the long-term policy of American hostility, which, he denounced, was escalated with the arrival at the White House of Donald Trump.

He also recognized the support of the British trade unions, and in general of the solidarity movement, in the fight for the release of the five Cuban anti-terrorists who endured unfair sentences in American prisons.

For the statesman, without the help of the solidarity groups none of this would have been possible, in reference to his tenacious defense of the Cuban Revolution. (Text and photos: PL)