Quito —. The First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel, arrived on May 23 to the Ecuadoran capital to attend the inauguration of Ecuador’s new President Lenín Moreno, May 24.
“Our fraternal and warmest greetings to the people of Ecuador, on arriving to this beautiful Andean land,” stated Díaz-Canel after touching down at the Mariscal Sucre International airport, where he was received by the country’s Foreign Minister Guillaume Long.
The Cuban official congratulated Moreno on his April 2 electoral victory, and to Movimiento Alianza PAIS Party, “for having been the leading political force in this important victory for the left, which goes beyond Ecuador and represents a victory for all Latin America at a crucial time in our history.”
He went on to note that Cuba is attending the inauguration in strong defense of regional unity.
“This is why we are calling on all of the countries of the world to strictly adhere to the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace and recognize the important role played by Ecuador in efforts to integrate Latin America,” he noted.
Díaz-Canel also reaffirmed Cuba’s willingness to commitment to supporting Ecuador’s new government in its efforts to implement social and economic changes initiated by the Citizen’s Revolution, led for over 10 years by outgoing President Rafael Correa.
“We reaffirm the desire, wish and assurance that we will continue working to strengthen and expand our economic and social relations, as well as cooperation ties,” he concluded.
The Cuban delegation was the second to arrive in the South American nation; there to attend the inauguration of Ecuador’s new President Lenín Moreno, on May 24 in the National Assembly.
According to sources at Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam was the first delegation to arrive, followed by Cuba and Russia, in that order.
Díaz-Canel is being accompanied during his stay by Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Ana Teresita González, and the island’s Ambassador to Quito, Rafael Dausá.
Correa hosted an official dinner for visiting delegations on May 23, while the Presidential inauguration will take place today, May 24 at 10am, followed by a lunch, at the invitation of the new Head of State.