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Messages of solidarity arrived to Cuba on September 9 and 10, as Hurricane Irma continues to affect the island.
The Nicaraguan government was one of the first to send a message of support:
“To our beloved sister Cuba, our Caribbean Cuba, there resisting with all that organization it is known for,” read a message sent by Vice President and First Lady of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo.
Murillo highlighted the Cuban government and people’s ability to “face all these disasters and endeavor, above all, to protect lives.
Meanwhile, Cuban Ambassador to the UN Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, received a message from MariaLuiza Ribeiro Viotti Chef de Cabinet to UN Secretary General António Guterres, in which she expressed the organization’s support and solidarity with Cuba.
In a letter sent to Cuban Ambassador to Colombia, the nation’s President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his concern, and that of all Colombians, over the damage that Irma could cause to the country; as well as their willingness to help in any way possible.
The government of Argentina expressed its solidarity with “the people of Cuba” is a message sent by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.
Meanwhile, shortly after the earthquake which struck Mexico on September 8, , President Enrique Peña Nieto, took to his official Twitter account where he wrote: “Mexico expresses its unwavering support and solidarity with the people of Cuba currently facing the force of Hurricane #Irma.”

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, did the same; expressing her country’s solidarity with Cuba in a Twitter post which read: “Our solidarity with the people of #Cuba currently facing #HurricaneIrma.”
Likewise, Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frómeta, received messages from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Foreign Minister Francine Baron, expressing their concern over damage caused by the impact of the Hurricane and reaffirming their solidarity and support to the island nation.
In a Twitter post, Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, reported that a Joint Task Force (FTC) team, featuring security and search and rescue delegations, had been mobilized “to support Caribbean islands and Cuba, being affected by Hurricane Irma.”
“#Irma is affecting Cuba severely, a country that has shown great solidarity with Panama, let us all prepare to support the Cuban people,” added the Central American leader.
Meanwhile, on September 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed to Prensa Latina, that the country is ready and willing to assist Cuba, following the destruction left by Hurricane Irma.
Likewise, President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, called on citizens of that country to share the little they have with nations affected by natural disasters.
“Our Abya Yala (the Americas) is being hit by hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Together, just like a united and solidary family, let us share what we have, although it may be little,” wrote the Andean head of state of his Twitter account.
On September 9, the Bolivian government announced that a contingency plan to send humanitarian aid to Cuba had been launched, according to Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira.
“A plan is underway to bring humanitarian aid to some of the affected countries, which includes food, medicines and emergency equipment,” stated Ferreira, who went on to note that the government’ has a policy of reciprocity which it extends to countries that have helped Bolivia in emergency situations.
Meanwhile, just a few hours ago, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, reaffirmed the country’s support for the Cuban people via Twitter in a post which read: “Our unconditional solidarity to the sister people of Cuba. You can count on Venezuela to help overcome Hurricane Irma’s destruction.” (National news staff / Cubadebate)