Cuba will always be alongside the just causes defended by the people of Africa • Workers

Cuba will always be alongside the just causes defended by the people of Africa • Workers
Cuba will always be alongside the just causes defended by the people of Africa • Workers

With an emotional activity carried out in the South Chamber of the National Capitol and headed by the member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Party Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Council of State; The Cuban Parliament commemorated Africa Day, a historic date that celebrates humanity this May 25.

Photo: Tony Hernández Mena

The head of the Cuban Parliament pointed out, regarding the fraternal meeting, that “this allows us, once again, to pay tribute to their people, and at the same time reiterate to them that the solid and deep ties that unite us are indestructible. On a date like the one we celebrate today, we can say – with legitimate revolutionary pride – that the most just causes in Africa have always had the determined support of Cuba. “Glorious pages of the continent’s history hold epic anecdotes of our unbreakable brotherhood.”

Photo: Tony Hernández Mena

With the special participation, in the National Capitol, of the African Diplomatic Corps in our country; Ana María Mari Machado, vice president of the Cuban legislature; of heads of parliamentary friendship groups of our nation with countries of this continent; and Luis Alberto Amorós, director of Sub-Saharan Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; among other guests; The solid, deep and indestructible ties that unite our people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean were ratified.

«Brilliant and heroic was the feat of solidarity that, with absolute selflessness and altruism, our glorious Revolutionary Armed Forces carried out on Angolan soil, when tens of thousands of brave internationalists, shoulder to shoulder, together with the brave African combatants, fought until defeating the ignominious regime of apartheid and thus contributed to the independence of Namibia.

«With that historic victory over the colonialists and the racist troops of South Africa, supported by the imperialists, we fulfilled our duty to provide our modest contribution so that these heroic peoples could advance along the independent and sovereign paths, for which they had fought so hard. Those lands where some of the ancestors who formed our nationality came from were watered with Cuban blood,” Esteban Lazo stressed.

Photo: Tony Hernández Mena

In his speech, he recalled the African historical footprint in the Greater Antilles, when slaves from this continent contributed, with their sweat and blood, to forging our country, our identity, our culture; as well as when they and their descendants joined the ranks of the Liberation Army and fought with all their strength for the freedom and independence of Cuba.

Furthermore, it meant that the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, stated – quite rightly – that Cuba’s solidarity with the African peoples allowed us to pay off our own debt to humanity. Consequently, he highlighted that our country now has more than 6,000 collaborators in Africa in different sectors, in 33 countries and, throughout all these years of Revolution, thousands of Africans have studied or are trained in our schools at different levels. to integrate the contingent of professionals that their nations need.

On the other hand, he recalled his different visits to this continent, especially the most recent one – between February 21 to 29, 2024 – to Kenya, Namibia, Angola and South Africa, where he was able to exchange with around 18 leaders of African countries and with other personalities. Likewise, he reiterated his gratitude for the solidarity that we have always received from Africa in the great battles fought by our people, especially in the fight to end the US blockade – expressing it with his vote in the UN General Assembly and in four Assemblies. of the African Union – and for the US Government to remove Cuba from the list of States that supposedly sponsor terrorism.

Finally, Lazo Hernández praised the close interparliamentary ties that exist with African legislative bodies. «In the case of the National Assembly of People’s Power, the ties that unite us to the Parliaments of the region are solid. During this 10th Legislature we have received several delegations of legislators. However, it is a prioritized interest to strengthen and expand interparliamentary relations. It is true that the geographical distance is great, but the feelings that unite us are very close. We must promote the functioning of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups that have been established, as well as the creation of those that can be formed. There is no doubt that they represent an important means of exchange that allows us to know each other better, increase collaboration and support each other,” he acknowledged in his speech.

Photo: Tony Hernández Mena

On the day, His Excellency Nasser Mohamed Ousbo, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti in Cuba and dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in our country, thanked the President of the Council of State for hosting the celebration at the institutional headquarters of the Cuban Parliament. for Africa Day.

«The National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba is a reflection of its people, who demonstrate great resistance. Since the struggles for independence, it accompanied our African people in all the battles and continues to feed the flame of fraternity and solidarity, through the visits of its President and deputies,” he said.

At the same time, he strongly condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States Government against the Greater Antilles and ratified the solidarity of the nations of the continent with our people. “We, the Africans, will continue to mobilize, together with the Cuban Government and people, until the powerful of this world listen to reason and understand that the extraterritoriality of their law is simply an aberration and a contempt for International Law,” he added excitedly in a new show of solidarity.

His final message was that of brotherhood, friendship and cooperation on the straight path of the revolution, “through which we, Cubans and Africans, will conquer together this new millennium of progress.”

Photo: Tony Hernández Mena

Unbreakable ties unite us and the African peoples, endearing relationships that were forged under the guidance and friendship of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, and other Cuban leaders, with unforgettable African heroes.

 
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