Cuban Medical Brigade in Algeria Supports Health Ministry’s Decision

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Algiers, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Medical Brigade, made up of 900 medical professionals who are rendering their services in Algeria, on Thursday backed the decision by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health not to continue with Brazil”s More Doctors Program.
The doctors said in a statement released in this capital they will ‘continue with this army of white gowns’ in Algeria and in more than 60 countries where Cuba offers its solidarity in this field, especially to the humblest sectors.

The brigade assured that they will offer ‘the best of each of us’ to these people to contribute to improving the health and quality of life of Algerians, and reaffirmed that it will be the best homage to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, two years after his physical disappearance. The Commander in Chief ‘continues to guide us with his ideas, his undying example and his infinite love for the world’s humblest people’, the text said.

The health professionals also stressed their commitment to the homeland to continue providing assistance and bringing happiness to the Algerian people in the more than 50 communities where they are currently present.

Algeria was one of the first countries to receive the solidarity of the Cuban people in the health sector 55 years ago, and now Cuba offers its collaboration in the specialties of ophthalmology, urology, oncology and mother and child care.

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China Will Not Accept Pressures from the West.

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Beijing, Nov 15 (P L) China affirmed today that it will welcome those willing to meet the anti-terrorist program developed in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, but will not yield to Western pressure on that internal issue.
Hua Chunying, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters that the town is an open area and there are no restrictions for foreigners with tourism or exchange trips.

At that point, she mentioned the arrival of more than 100 million visitors to Xinjiang between 2017 and the first nine months of this year.

But Hua stressed that China will not allow citizens from other countries to go to the autonomous region in order to pressure local authorities or censor internal matters.

She also expressed the willingness of her office to provide the necessary assistance and make the necessary coordination so that foreign journalists move to that territory and perform normal coverage of their situation.

Hua responded thus to information from Reuters news agency on a letter prepared by ambassadors accredited here from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, the European Union, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Estonia, Finland and Denmark.

According to British news agency, diplomats request a meeting with the governor of Xinjiang to ask for explanations about the alleged human rights violations there.

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Brazilians Worry over Health Gap Due to Departure of Cuban Doctors

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Brazil, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Health authorities from small cities in northeastern Brazil fear a health gap might result from the departure of Cuban doctors due to the offensive positions of the future government of far right politian Jair Bolsonaro.
‘We will return to a level of eight years ago, there are almost three million people from Bahia who will be left without a doctor,’ the Director for Basic Care of the Bahia Health Secretariat, Cristiano Soster, told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

The Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) announced on Wednesday that it will no longer be part of the Brazilian More Doctors Program, given the conditions exposed by Bolsonaro for the professionals of Cuba.

The institution explained in a release that this decision was communicated to the Pan American Health Organization and to the Brazilian political leaders who founded and defended this initiative that provided health services to the poor population of Brazil.

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Cuba Withdraws from More Doctors Program in Brazil.

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Cuba Withdraws from More Doctors Program in Brazil
The decision comes after Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro criticized the program and the Cuban government.

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Cuban health authorities also announced they had notified the Pan-American Health Organization and its Brazilian counterparts of the decision to end its participation in the program.

The decision comes after Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro criticized the program, saying it was torture for Cuban mothers who were “not allowed” to go with their children and questioning diplomatic ties with the island.

“Can we maintain diplomatic relations with a country that treats its people that way?” Bolsonaro said in early November.

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Cuban President Praises Excellent Result Meeting with Cuba-Initiative

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London, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who is on a transit visit in the United Kingdom, in his return trip to the island, described today as excellent a work meeting held with busiunesspeople.
After a meeting with representatives of the organization Initiative Cuba, the head of State recognized, in his Twitter account, the role played by that group that ‘was born of the friendship with Baroness Lady John and our historical leader, Fidel Castro’.

In the meeting participated representatives of some 30 companies of the United Kingdom, members of Initiative Cuba, formed in 1995 to promote business between both nations.

We agreed to relaunch it in Havana in 2019, said the President.

When inaugurating the forum, the British co-president of this entity, lord David Triesman, welcomed Diaz-Canel, ‘the first Cuban president to visit my country and the city where I was born’, he stressed.

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Asean Defends Multilateralism at Its Summit in Singapore

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Singapore, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today defended multilateralism to boost growth and stability in the region by inaugurating the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
The ruling host of the meeting assured that the bloc will work with its external partners to face the challenges before an interdependent and interconnected world.

In that sense, Lee referred to the joint strength of the organization – made up of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines – in a climate of international uncertainty.

In a scenario marked by commercial tensions between the United States and China, the Lee asked to integrate more regional economies.

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South Africa Confirms Support to Palestine, Saharawis.

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Pretoria, Nov 12(Prensa Latina) The South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, recalled today the burial of leader Yasser Arafat and lamented that 14 years after his death Palestine still hopes to gain its independence.
In her monthly meeting with the press, the Foreign Minister pointed out that the State of Palestine remains among the priorities of South African international diplomacy and that her government has reiterated that it will continue its campaign for independence with the two-state solution.

One day as today, he added, the former president, Frederik de Klerk outlined the government’s plan that led to the first South African Democratic Elections and we hope the Palestinian government will manage to obtain its independence one day.

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Cuban President Meets British Businessmen.

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London, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel held on Tuesday in London a meeting with British businessmen as part of a transit stopover in the United Kingdom en route to the island, after concluding an international tour.
Diaz-Canel met in London with representatives of 30 companies from the United Kingdom, members of the Cuba Initiative, an entity established in 1995 to promote business between both nations.

At the opening ceremony of the forum, the co-chairman of the UK-side of the Cuba Initiative, Lord David Triesman, welcomed the Cuban president, ‘the first president of Cuba to visit my country and my hometown’, he said.

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Cuba and Vietnam Ratify Will to Boost Economic Relations.

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By Alberto Salazar Gutiérrez Hanoi, Nov 9 (P L) Cuba and Vietnam ratified today the will of catalyzing their economic and cooperation relations to raise them to the level of political links, during a meeting held today between their heads of government, Miguel Díaz-Canel and Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
In an atmosphere of visible cordiality, both leaders congratulated themselves for the signing of a bilateral trade agreement, barely half hour before and in presence of president Nguyen Phu Trong, of a new trade agreement.

Both countries worked hard over the last few months to give definite shape to the document which will govern their economic, commercial and cooperation links over the next years.

Ovwer the last five years, the commercial exchange in one and another sense were around the 240 million dollars per year, but the intention is to more than double it in the short term and reaffirm Vietnam as the second most important partner of Cuba in Asia.

Díaz-Canel and Xuan Phuc agreed that greater tuning of the political, economic and cooperation relations, can give a valuable contribution to the exchange of experiences on tjhe processes of socialist construction taking place in their countries according to their specific situations.

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Cuban President Visits Forbidden City, Center of Beijing.

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Beijing, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, visited Wednesday the Forbidden City or Imperial Palace Museum, a thousand-year-old site which exactly marks the heart of Beijing, capital of China.
The president on a guided tour knew about the construction and history of the place that was the power centre of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

He appreciated the dimensions, magnificent architecture, splendor, elegance of cultural and artistic objects of this maze of almost a thousand buildings, whose roofs are adorned with figures of mythological creatures.

Diaz-Canel testified to his stay here by signing a book.

The Forbidden City received its name because ordinary people could not enter without special licenses at that time, with the exception of courtiers.

Twenty-four emperors lived there until 1911, when the revolution that toppled China’s last feudal dynasty, the Qing, was held.

The tour of the Imperial Palace Museum was Diaz-Canel’s second activity after arriving this Wednesday in Beijing from the municipality of Shanghai (east), where he began on Tuesday his first official visit to China as Cuba’s president.

He had previously spoken with Wang Yang, the president of the Standing Committee of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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