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Speech by Party Political Bureau member and First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during the main act commemorating the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, on July 19, in Managua, Nicaragua

Comrade Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra, President of the Republic of Nicaragua; comrade Rosario Murillo; comrade Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia; comrade Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of the Republic of El Salvador; compañeras and compañeros participants to the Sao Paulo Forum; sister people of Nicaragua:

On behalf of the Cuban people and government, please accept our congratulations, and an embrace from the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, on this, the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution.
The Nicaraguan Revolution, as Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro noted on July 26, 1979, has been noted for its heroism, for its perseverance, and the tenacity of its combatants; today, it continues to be an example for the peoples of Our America.
Seeing, in this gathering of people, so many youth, so many joyful and optimistic faces, is a sign that the blood shed was not in vain, that the example of the General of Free Men, Augusto César Sandino, Comandante Carlos Fonseca Amador, and all of the martyrs that died in the struggle to defend Nicaraguan independence and sovereignty against imperial domination, lives on.
The Sandinista Revolution continues along its path with the majority support of its people, exhibiting indisputable political, economic and social achievements, while also actively promoting and defending the unity of our peoples and the need for integration.
Compañeras and compañeros:

Our region and the world are experiencing difficult times. The offensive led by imperialism and oligarchs servile to its interests seek to destroy revolutionary and progressive processes; restore hegemony in the region; re-impose savage neoliberal doctrines and practices; undo the political, economic and social gains made by our peoples, and revive an empire of the most retrograde forces.
Over recent months we have witnessed brutal political, economic and media attacks on Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, initiated by Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías and which constitutional president Nicolás Maduro Moros continues to resolutely lead; at the head of the civil-military union of the Venezuelan people, to whom we reaffirm our unconditional solidarity.
Managua has been the site of days of commitment and revolutionary reaffirmation with the successful holding of the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum, whose Final Declaration and proposed actions, constitute instruments with which to combat the imperialist and reactionary offensive. The tributes paid to leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara, on the 50th anniversary of his death, strengthen our commitment to building a better world.
It is now more vital than ever to build and strengthen the unity of our peoples. Cuba will host the next edition of the Sao Paulo Forum in 2018. Let us work responsibly to construct a united regional left by putting the Our America Consensus and Declaration into practice.
This past June 16, the President of the United States, Donald Trump announced his government’s policy toward Cuba which reverses progress made in relations with that country over the last two years, with a marked tightening of the blockade against Cuba.
Cuba meanwhile, has reiterated that we will not make concessions of any kind or renounce a single one of our principles; and have reaffirmed our willingness to continue respectful dialogue and cooperation with the county, on the basis of equality, and respect for our sovereignty and independence.
We thank the Nicaraguan people and its leaders, as well as the people and governments of the world for their gestures of solidarity.
Comandante Daniel Ortega, comrade Rosario Murillo, sister people of Nicaragua:
Cuba reaffirms that the Nicaraguan people and the Sandinista Revolution can always count on the unconditional solidarity and support of the revolutionary Cuban people. We congratulate you on this, your 38th anniversary.
Long live the glorious Sandinista Revolution!
Long live the Sandinista National Liberation Front!
Long live Daniel and Rosario!
Long live the Cuban Revolution!
Long live Fidel and Raúl!
Long live the indestructible fraternity between our peoples!
Onward to victory, always!