Havana Tribune

First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez, arrived in the Angolan capital around 2:00 pm on Sunday (local time), to comply with an official visit that will last until August 22.

As the Head of State announced on his Twitter social network, shortly before his departure from Cuba, on Saturday evening, he arrived in “beloved Africa, to pay official visits to Angola, Mozambique and Namibia and to participate in the #BRICS Summit to be held in South Africa. Sister countries to which we have united history It is marked by inexhaustible solidarity.

Regarding Cuba’s participation in the BRICS Summit, the President indicated in the aforementioned social network that this is the first time that this has happened, and “we also do this in our capacity as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China.” Diaz-Canel confirmed that it will be a space in which “we call for the promotion of effective coordination between the two consultation mechanisms to defend the demands of the global south.”

After traveling more than 11,000 kilometers separating Havana from Luanda, upon disembarking from the plane at the international airport “4 de Fevereiro”, with his partner Liz Cuesta Peraza, the Angolan Foreign Ministry greeted the president at the foot of the stairs. Minister Titi Antonio; Our ambassador to this country, Esther Armenteros, and other local authorities.

The Greater Antilles delegation also consists of Politburo member and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla; the Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda; Head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Party, Emilio Lozada García; First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ana Teresita González Fraga; In addition to other party and government officials.

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According to the work program planned for these days in Luanda, the Cuban personality will speak with the country’s highest authorities and visit places of remarkable political and social importance. Likewise, you will have exchanges with aid workers who provide services in this nation, as well as with representatives of the Cuban community residing here and members of Solidarity.

This is the first visit by Diaz-Canel to Angola as President of Cuba, as previously visited from the same position by Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Fidel Castro Ruz and General of the Army Raul Castro Ruz.

Relations between the two countries – which established diplomatic relations on November 15, 1975 – are marked by the legacy of friendship nurtured by leaders Fidel and Agostino Neto. Decisive was the Cuban participation in the overthrow of the apartheid forces that invaded Angola, an action that forever marked the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between the two peoples.

(taken from Granma)

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