March 18, 2015
On March 16, First Vice President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, reaffirmed Cuba’s unconditional support for the African cause during a visit to South Africa.
(Photo: Miguel Diaz-Canel and South Africa’s Vice president Cyril Ramaphosa)
First Vice President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, reaffirmed Cuba’s unconditional support for the African cause during a visit to South Africa.
This was the sentiment which emerged during talks with the highest authorities of this country, Díaz-Canel noted in an interview with Prensa Latina, following a tour of the iconic Freedom Park historic complex located in the country’s capital.
“We reviewed bilateral issues, in the case of South Africa with regard to collaboration,” the Cuban leader said, adding that, “we have all recalled and relived the history and culture that unites us.”
Sister nations, fraternal peoples
Upon his arrival in South Africa, Díaz-Canel was received by President Jacob Zuma, Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the Secretary General of the South African Communist Party, Blade Nzimande, who is also education minister.
Referring to this first trip to African soil, Díaz-Canel said he was fulfilling a personal debt to visit the continent and within it, “sister nations, fraternal peoples such as that of South Africa.”
The Vice President added, “We have experienced here a part of history, of the identity we received from Africa, but also of the history we have helped to build with South Africa’s independence and subsequent collaboration.”
The conviction of a people to be internationalists
He said his generation grew up accompanied by heroic stories of Cuba’s presence in Africa, which “expressed the conviction of a people to be internationalist.”
Over 2,000 Cubans shed their blood on African soil and the country has trained some 28,000 professionals across the continent, as part of the conviction not to contribute only what Cuba has in excess, he said.
The Vice President also noted that he will take with him the impression of a people who love Cuba, “and one leaves very committed.” The country’s leaders also have strong communication skills and understanding of our realities, he emphasized.
Angola and Namibia
During this tour of Africa, the Cuban First Vice President also visited the People’s Republic of Angola and attended the inauguration of President-elect, Hage G. Geingob, in the Republic of Namibia.
”These three African countries are very dear,” Díaz -Canel stated while noting that the last leg of his trip will take him to the Republic of India.
Díaz-Canel is accompanied by Gerardo Peñalver, Foreign Ministry general director for Bilateral Affairs, and Ángel Villa, director for Sub Saharan Africa.