Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cuban President Raul Castro Visits Namibia and Angola; Joint Comminque Signed

7/21/09 6:01 PM

Luanda Angola, Cuba implement accord in telecommunications sector

Luanda, - The Angolan minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, José Rocha, on Tuesday assured that the Governments of Angola and Cuba are implementing an agreement providing for staff training, seeking to respond to the demands in the sector.

Speaking to the press, on the fringes of the meeting between the
presidents of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, and Cuba’s, Raul
Castro, the minister said the accord aims to develop technologies of
information and communication.

“We are aware of the large developments in the research fields carried out by that Latin American country, mainly in the computing domain”, said the minister.

According to José Rocha, the two governments intend to share
experience and outline a programme that permits the training of
Angolan personnel, with a view to meeting the problems in the area.

Angola and Cuba last February in Luanda signed four legal accords
aimed at strengthening and widen bilateral cooperation.

The cooperation accords focus on Geology and Mining, Industry,
including a Memorandum of Understanding on the state and perspective for cooperation between the two countries and the Education Ministries of Angola and Cuba.


July 21, 2009

Joint Communiqué on the Occasion of the Official Visit to the Republic of Namibia by General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba

1. In response to an invitation from Hifikepunye Pohamba, president of the Republic of Namibia, General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, made an official visit to the Republic of Namibia, from July 19-20, 2009.

2. The Cuban president and his delegation were warmly received on their arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport by the President of the Republic of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba, the prime minister, high-ranking government officials and members of the diplomatic corps. The Cuban president and his delegation were welcomed by a wide representation of the people of Windhoek, the Namibian capital, and national cultural groups.

3. The presidents of Cuba and Namibia had wide-ranging talks on various issues of common interest in the bilateral and international context.

4. Both presidents confirmed with pleasure the excellent state of bilateral relations between the two countries. At the same time, they reaffirmed their full commitment to establish and expand economic and commercial links to the benefit of both countries and expressed their satisfaction at the positive progress of cooperation between Cuba and Namibia, particularly in the fields of health and education.

5. President Pohamba reiterated the sincere gratitude of the people of Namibia for the decisive contribution made by the government and people of Cuba to their heroic struggle for freedom and independence. President Pohamba recalled with pride the role played by the Cuban internationalist forces in the defeat of the colonial army of the odious regime of South African apartheid, in the historic Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.

6. Both presidents agreed, moreover, to undertake joint efforts to contribute to the construction of a world of peace, justice and solidarity and to further increase mutual aid and cooperation in multinational forums, in particular via the United Nations, the G77 and the Non-Aligned Movement, within the framework of South-South cooperation.

7. At the same time the presidents expressed their support for the reform of the United Nations System, which is becoming a constantly more pressing issue, with the aim of making it more democratic and representative of the interests of all the countries of the world, both large and small. Thus, Cuba and Namibia will continue calling for the democratization of the United Nations Security Council, and for its labours to be sustained by the principles of inclusion, justice and sovereign equality of states.

8. Both presidents similarly underlined the need to strengthen the Assembly General of the United Nations. Such actions would lead to an increase of efficiency and, in the long term, to the improvement of more appropriate responses to current global issues.

9. Both leaders agreed on the need to work together to promote international cooperation directed at sustainable development and to confront the challenges of climate change. They likewise highlighted the importance of genuine dialogue in relation to human rights, without double standards or political manipulation. In this context, they supported the role being fulfilled by the Non-Aligned Movement in strengthening a cooperative focus in the work of the Human Rights Council.

10. Both leaders also expressed their conviction that the economic and financial global crisis demands the establishment of a new international economic, commercial and financial world order, with the active participation of all members of the international community and one which takes into account the interests of the developing countries.

11. President Raúl Castro Ruz confirmed Cuba’s determination to continue offering its modest aid to Namibia, both on bilateral bases and within the framework of international multilateral mechanisms. President Pohamba welcomed with pleasure and endorsed Cuba’s participation in and support of Namibia’s efforts to achieve sustainable economic and social development.

12. President Pohamba expressed his full support of the just demand of Cuba and the international community for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on that nation by the United States for close to 50 years, and which has caused enormous difficulties for the Cuban people. President Pohamba also called for the immediate liberation of the five Cuban citizens serving unjust prison terms in the United States.

13. During his stay in the Republic of Namibia, President Raúl Castro Ruz left a wreath in the Heroes’ Acre.

14. Dr. Sam Nujoma, founding president and father of the Namibian nation, paid a courtesy visit to the Cuban president.

15. President Raúl Castro Ruz expressed his profound gratitude and thanks to President Hifikepunye Pohamba, the Namibian government and the people for the warm welcome and hospitality given to himself and his delegation.

Windhoek, Namibia, July 20, 2009
Translated by Granma International

July 21, 2009

Raúl Arrives in Angola for a Working Visit

In the final hours of his stay in Namibia, Raúl met with Sam Nujoma and paid tribute to the heroes of the African sister nation. President Pohamba bids him farewell at the airport

LUANDA, July 20.—President Raúl Castro Ruz arrived in this capital city this afternoon for a working visit.

He was received at the Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport by Prime Minister Paulo Kassoma, the Luanda Governor Espiritu Santo, and other officials.

His agenda during the visit includes a meeting with President José Eduardo Dos Santos as well as meetings with other Angolan leaders.


The official visit to Namibia ended with another colorful and warm ceremony at Windhoek International Airport. President Pohamba headed the ceremony, which was attended, as was the case on Raúl’s arrival on Sunday, by government officials and above all by the men, women, and children of this beautiful and hospitable capital city who, with their slogans and traditional dances, once again filled the lobby of the airport terminal with color, affection and solidarity.

The playing of the national anthems of the two nations was followed by a review and parade of the troops. A final handshake between the two presidents and then the Cubana de Aviación aircraft left this sister nation for the equally fraternal Angola.

A little earlier, the Cuban president had an emotional meeting with Sam Nujoma, rightly called the father of independence and a person much loved by the people.

During the final hours of Raúl’s visit, President Pohamba accompanied him to a monument complex erected in tribute to those who struggled for freedom and social justice against the colonizing powers that subjugated their homeland from the 19th century until Namibian independence was won.

At the foot of the imposing monument, the Cuban president and members of the official delegation laid a wreath of flowers in the shape of the Cuban flag, which had the following dedication: “To the Namibian heroes from the people of Cuba.”

Translated by Granma International

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