OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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Cuba’s Foreign Ministry shared an excerpt from the Summit’s Final Declaration on Twitter: We reiterate our willingness to continue promoting the construction of a new international order, democratic, fair, inclusive and equitable, in which sovereign equality between states is the norm.

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega noted that U.S. interventionist policies toward Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba are criminal acts against humanity.

In particular, he mentioned the intensification of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade of Cuba, despite the many resolutions approved by the vast majority of members of the United Nations General Assembly demanding its elimination.

He said that the celebration of this Summit on the 14th anniversary of ALBA-TCP reaffirms the value of solidarity throughout the years of struggle for justice and peace.

He insisted that the Nicaraguan people “have the strength and dignity to overcome the sanctions they face, despite the threats. We are sure that the Venezuelan and Cuban revolutions will remain undefeated in this difficult conjuncture, with the accompaniment of the peoples of ALBA-TCP and the world.”He concluded paying tribute to Fidel and Chávez, "to those two great gladiators of peace and justice."

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel adjourns the meeting.

A gala event is scheduled this evening to commemorate the 14th anniversary of ALBA’s founding.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Saavedra is the final leader to address the Summit this afternoon.

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Speaking next was José Luis Merino, El Salvador’s deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, who said that ALBA has been the most vigorous, energetic alliance seen in the region over the last 14 years.

"Without the ALBA, our people would be facing a huge social battle, in which thousands of Latin American patriots would be dying.

“We are living amidst U.S. attacks meant to prevent the Salvadoran people from advancing.”

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David Choquehuanca Céspedes, ALBA-TCP secretary, speaks, saying, “At heart all human beings are integrationists.

"That is what we must awaken in ALBA member countries, communal energy to defend our sovereignty, our dignity, and our identity, necessary to strengthen our joint work.

"We need to bring light to international spaces, express our ideas and proposals, work on the rights of Mother Earth, on the protection of the environment.

"We need to activate mechanisms of our alliance, strengthen missions and social exchange, consolidate the Economic Council, designate the country that will coordinate this mechanism, work on a new financial architecture, build new economic thinking, work on a meeting of intellectuals, of communication ministers.

“Work on mechanisms of cooperation, ALBA has served as a cooperation mechanism with Russia, China, Iran, and Turkey. There is interest on the part of governments to work with ALBA. Social movements are also interested in working with us.

"We must become the spirit of integration of the peoples of the world,” he insisted.

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A representative from St. Kitts and Nieves and Suriname’s ambassador in Cuba, Marciano Edgar, addressed the Summit.

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Chet Greene, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, took the floor, sharing remarks from the country’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, who expressed gratitude to ALBA, President Maduro and Venezuela, and noted that many of the integration objectives formulated in the Managua declaration have been met.

The issue of protecting our sovereignty and self-determination remains relevant today, he said, adding that all countries of the region are being besieged and threatened with economic terrorism.

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Grenada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter David, spoke and expressed his solidarity with Venezuela.

"Grenada will always appreciate the support it has received from the people and government of Cuba."

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Prime Minister Ralph Everard Gonsalves if St. Vincent and the Grenadines addresses the Summit, saying, “The Caribbean is an area of ​​Peace, of struggle for justice and sustainable development.”
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Juan Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, took the floor next.
"TCP is our patrimony of Peace, of equality and social justice, of respect for identity," he said, adding, “The best tribute to Fidel and Hugo is not abandoning what they left us.”
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Minister Roosevelt Skerrit from of the Commonwealth of Dominica, commented, "Dominica fully supports and ... recognizes the legitimacy of Maduro as President of the nation."
Dominica has been part of ALBA and has been able to travel a common path with countries of the region, he said, recalling Chavez and Fidel, "to whom we owe an eternal debt of gratitude."
He reiterated that Dominica will not be intimidated under any circumstances, because, from the beginning, this relationship of friendship and mutual respect, promoted by Fidel and Chávez, has been valuable.
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro takes the floor, speaking first of the importance of ALBA-TCP, saying that the Summit always comes at an opportune time to reaffirm the power of ideas and ALBA’s projects.Ver imagen en Twitter
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He recalled the first visit made to Cuba by then Commander Hugo Chávez Frías, in December 1994, months after his release from prison and traveling throughout Venezuela.
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"A revolutionary, rebellious, courageous young man arrived, who came full of dreams, 24 years ago, and was received at the foot of the airplane’s stairs by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz with an unforgettable embrace," he said.
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He stressed that that first embrace between Fidel and Chávez would be the first step in this beautiful story that is the ALBA, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), and Petrocaribe.
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He referred to the extraordinary electoral victory achieved by Comandante Chávez only four years after that visit to Cuba to begin the path of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, and the eventual launching of ALBA.
After denouncing the ongoing U.S. onslaught against his country, he highlighted the electoral victory number 23 in the recent local elections in Venezuela, in which the Revolution achieved 75% of the votes and 90% of the positions being elected.
Maduro called for strengthening ALBA’s economic front, to build a true productive integration.
In this context, he officially proposed to the group the adoption of the cryptocurrency Petro, which along with the Sucre, and the ALBA Bank, can become an instrument of liberation.

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President Díaz-Canel delivers the opening remarks.
He recalls the beginnings of the project that would become the ALBA designed by Chávez and Fidel, noting the many accomplishments achieved over the years, and the celebration today of the Alliance’s 14th anniversary.
Diaz-Canel condemned the hostile measures taken against several countries in the region and called for an end to hegemony.Ver imagen en Twitter
He emphasized that everything that has been achieved thanks to ALBA has been in spite of subversion efforts, attempted coups, and a blockade that has not ceased.
He expressed Cuba’s solidarity with Venezuela and Nicaragua who are being constantly attacked and denounced the situation in Brazil, where progressive leaders are being subjected to fraudulent judicial processes.
The President concluded his speech: "Let us defend all the ideas we share in ALBA –TCP."

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With the notes of the National Anthem of the Republic of Cuba, the XVI Summit of heads of state and government of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America - Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) begins.

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The President of Cuba´s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez and Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, welcome heads of state and their representatives attending the meeting today.

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In just minutes the opening of the Summit will begin with the arrival of the leaders and the representatives of the different delegations that are part of ALBA -TCP.

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The XVI Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America - Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) begins this Friday in Havana, Cuba.
In a context that imposes a search for more alliances on the Latin American left, the central theme of the Summit will be the commitment to Latin American and Caribbean unity, as well as the need to strengthen it within diversity.