The Cuban Ambassador in Harare, Carmelina Ramírez Rodríguez, paid a courtesy call to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care.
Vice President Chiwenga highlighted the strong historical ties that unite both countries. He praised the performance of Cuban doctors in Zimbabwe and thanked Cuba for its solidarity. He criticized the siege to Cuban medical collaboration around the world and reiterated that Cuban doctors are a treasure for his country that no one is going to take away from them; on the contrary, they will continue to cooperate. Chiwenga condemned the illegal US blockade against Cuba, recalled the mutual support in the fight against the sanctions of Western countries and argued that both countries are going through very hard times, subjected to economic sanctions that impede development.
On her side, Ramírez expressed Cuba's willingness to increase the members of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Zimbabwe, by virtue of the cooperation agreement between both nations. The Cuban representative highlighted the good state of bilateral relations and ratified that the Caribbean island will always be open to help Zimbabwe.
The Cuban Embassy in Zimbabwe on October 28 commemorated the 61st anniversary of the physical disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos, and in this way the Camilo-Che ideological conference was closed. The members of the Diplomatic Mission, the Cuban Medical Brigade and a representation of the Cuban Community Resident in the country participated.
Through the reading of texts and declamations dedicated to the Hero of Yaguajay and Che, we recall two giants of our homeland history that inspire us to continue fighting for our ideals and the conquests of the Cuban Revolution. Once again the genocidal US blockade against our country and the slanders of our white coat battalion were denounced.
The Zimbabwean daily The Herald published an article by the Cuban Ambassador to Harare, Carmelina Ramírez Rodríguez, on occasion of October 25, Day of Solidarity with Zimbabwe for the elimination of all forms of sanctions, an initiative declared by the SADC. The diplomat stressed that Cuba understands the nature of unilateral economic sanctions. For 60 years, the successive governments of the United States have imposed an iron and inhuman economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba.
Havana, October 24, 2020
"Year 62 of the Revolution"
His Excellency Mr. Antonio Gutérres
Secretary General of the United Nations
After 75 years of its founding, the role of the United Nations is increasingly relevant.
Strict adherence to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and International Law is urgent, as well as the preservation of multilateralism in the face of the pressing challenges imposed on us by the complex world scenario.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, presented this Thursday the Report on the impact of the United States blockade against Cuba in the last year, a document that denounces in a well-founded way the resurgence of that hostile and aggressive policy.
The Resolution entitled “The need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” will be voted in May 2021, for the twenty-ninth time within the United Nations General Assembly; this time postponed due to the impact of COVID-19 on a global scale.
At a press conference, the Foreign Minister said that the United States government has intensely intensified the blockade against Cuba, even in times of pandemic. He commented on how a donation of medical supplies sent by a Chinese company could not reach Cuban territory as a consequence. He also pointed out that Cuba's effective confrontation with COVID-19 has been possible due to the strength of the island's health system.
He also referred to the measures against fuel supplies and the lies and slander that are increasing against the country.
"Whoever wins the elections in the United States will have to face the fact that the blockade harms Cubans, their families, violates human rights and makes travel, visas and family reunification difficult."
The head of the Cuban dilplomacy stated that the blockade policy even affects the national interest of the United States, a country that "suffers deep isolation and discredit." He also pointed out that "due to its extraterritorial application, it violates sovereignty and affects the interests of all the States of the planet."
From April 2019 to March 2020, the blockade has caused losses to Cuba in the order of 5 thousand 570 million dollars. "First time it exceeds five billion in a year," he added.
At current prices, the accumulated damages during almost six decades of application of this policy amount to 144 thousand 413.4 million dollars, while taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold in the international market, the figure amounts to more than one trillion 98 thousand 8 million dollars.
"It is cynical to come to Cuba now to tell the Cubans that the blockade has no real impact, to tell the Cuban families who suffer it every day and every hour."
Rodríguez Parrilla pointed out that, in a practical way, the blockade means the denial to Cuba of access to medical equipment and supplies of American origin or, even, of third countries that have more than 10% of American components or technologies from that country, being the health area one of the most affected.