Alberto Fernández met with the dictator Díaz Canel to deepen the bilateral relationship with Cuba

Díaz Canel poses together with Alberto Fernández before the start of the Summit of Presidents of CELAC.
Díaz Canel poses together with Alberto Fernández before the start of the Summit of Presidents of CELAC.

President Alberto Fernández he received this morning in the Palacio San Martin, sede de la Cancillería argentina, a su par de Cuba, el dictator Miguel Díaz Canel.

In the final declaration of this forum that integrates the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, which consists of 100 agreed points and 11 special declarations, it does not include a condemnation of human rights violations that occur in nations such as Venezuela , Cuba and Nicaragua.

They were accompanied by the chancellor Santiago Cafiero y por el ambajador argentino en La Habana, Luis Ilarregui, y ambos mandatarios conversaron para profundizar la relación entre las dos naciones. Tras el encuentro, the Cuban leader wrote on his account on Twitter: “Interesting meeting with the president of #Argentina @alferder, who will reiterate our congratulations for the role played and the progress made in front of #CELAC. Ratificamos disposition a profundizar los lazos de hermandad y vínculas bilaterales en areas de interes común”.

Díaz Canel was the first president who received Alberto Fernández once he began his mandate, on December 11, 2019, in the Casa Rosada.

Alberto Fernández no tenía pensado abordar en este encuentro reclamarle a Cuba la deuda por un loan que en 1974 le otorgó el gobierno argentino a la isla caribeña que en ese entonces tenía como líder a Fidel Castro.

Alberto Fernández received Díaz Canel in the Rosada on December 11, 2019, just one day after assuming office as president of Argentina.
Alberto Fernández received Díaz Canel in the Rosada on December 11, 2019, just one day after assuming office as president of Argentina.

Ese loan que en un principio fue de 1278 milliones de dolares está a punto de cumplir 50 años sin ser canceledado. Our country showed interest in receiving collaboration from Cuba in technology to produce vaccines, especially against the Covid 19 and for that reason in June 2021, when it was still difficult for the government to get vaccines against the coronavirus, it was thought that the debt was due to dosis. los dos productos que desarrollaron en la isla caribeña. Allí surgieron las vacunas Soberana 02 y Abdala, pero finalmente no se realized ninguna compra.

Los distintos gobiernos que sucedieron al de Juan Domingo Perón, cuyo ministro de Economía José Ber Gelbard fue quien firmó el loan a los cubanos, no pudieron recuperar aquella suma de dinero que con interesores hoy superaría los 6 mil milliones de dolares.

En el documento final que se fundió tras la Cumbre de la CELAC, después de various mentions a questiones de gender y vinculadas a la immigration, se signó un nuevo pedido de levantamiento del commercial blockade that maintains the United States and the European Union over Cuba.

Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean pose for a family photo during the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in Buenos Aires, January 24, 2023. REUTERS Augustin Marcarian
Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean pose for a family photo during the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in Buenos Aires, January 24, 2023. REUTERS Augustin Marcarian

Reiteramos el callado de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas para putting an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, que además de ser contrario a la ley, provoca serio daño al bienestar del pueblo cubano. De la misma manera, we reiteramos nuestro rechazo a las listas y certificaciones unilaterales que afectan a los países de América Latina y el Caribe. In this sense, we require the exclusion of Cuba from the unilateral list of countries that supposedly finance unilateral terrorism”, says the text.

Más allá de la cita con Díaz Canel, será un día intenso en cuanto a meetinge bilaterales para el presidente argentino. The second encounter of the day, in which his activity will be concentrated in the headquarters of the Chancellery and not in the Rosada House, will be with the head of the European Council and the representative of the European Union en la summit de la CELAC, Charles Michel. The third meeting, scheduled for 10:30, will be accompanied by the Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana, and the titular White Helmets, Sabrina Frederic, will be with the Prime Minister of Haiti. Ariel Henry.

A las 11 will have the fourth bilateral meeting. Together with the Argentine ambassador to the United States, Jorge Argüello, he will receive the Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas and the envoy of the North American president, Joe Biden. Christopher Dodd.

En quinto lugar, a las 12, se entrarga con Qu Dongyu, Director General of the FAO, Organization of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture. Then there will be an impasse at the lunch hour of 14.20 the President will meet with his part of Honduras, Xiomara Castro. Finally, on the 15th, he will meet with the vice president of El Salvador, Felix Ulloa.

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