Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, at the 5th CELAC Summit, in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, on January 25, 2017.
Esteemed President Medina;
Esteemed Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean;
Distinguished Heads of Delegations and guests:
This January 12, the White House published a statement by outgoing U.S President Barack Obama on the ending of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, both of which offer preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, encouraging unsafe and disorderly migration.
The statement reads as follows:
Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy
Cuba reduced its infant mortality rate to 4.3 per thousand live births in 2016, thus staying among the best countries in the world in this health indicator, according to Minister of Health Roberto Morales.
Minister Morales said Cuba closed the year with improvements in the main sanitary indicators and the child-mother program, while life expectancy continued to grow. He added that conditions were created to replicate these results in 2017.