Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cuba Ratifies Firm Decision to Forge Historic Ties With Africa
Cuban Vice President of the Council of State, Salvador Valdes Mesa shakes
hands with Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chair of the African Unon
 Malabo, Jun 27.- Cuba continues today in its firm resolve to forge close and profitable political, economic and cooperation ties with African countries, the island''s Vice President of the Council of State, Salvador Valdes Mesa, said today.

"Visiting this continent and, in particular, this country (Equatorial Guinea) is a great source of pride for us," Valdes Mesa said after speaking at the opening ceremony of the 23rd ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Summit, focused this time on agriculture and food security.

He said he feels honored "as dignified beneficiaries of the African legacy and accumulated suffering experienced by the African slaves who were forcibly uprooted from their homeland."

We not only share the same language with Equatorial Guinea, but we also have common points in our homelands, dating from the struggles for independence.

After condemning the blockade, the United States still maintains against his people, the Cuban vice president recalled his country's cooperation with Africa over decades.

He ratified that as an Afro-Latin American nation, Cuba has maintained a strong commitment to strengthen ties with African nations, "aware that whatever we do together will be to the benefit of our peoples."

During the first day of the summit, the President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, mentioned his country's ties with Africa, and Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Maliki, thanked African nations for their support and solidarity with the cause of his people, and called for additional concrete measures. (Prensa Latina).

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