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Granma, February 2nd, 2016Granma, February 2nd, 2016Statement to the press by Army General Raúl Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on the occasion of his state visit to the French Republic, February 1, 2016, Year 58 of the Revolution

(Council of State transcript – GI translation)

Good evening.

Esteemed President François Hollande;

Distinguished members of the French delegation;

Media representatives:

First of all, allow me to convey a cordial, affectionate greeting to the French people and their authorities, in the name of the people and government of Cuba. Our countries are united by historic and cultural links and deep ties of friendship.

I am sincerely grateful for the words expressed by President Hollande and for the warm welcome...

Foto: Cubahora (CC BY-SA 2.0) Foto: Cubahora (CC BY-SA 2.0) Declaration by Cuban President and Army General Raúl Castro on the ocassion of the first anniversary of the announcements made on December 17, 2014, regarding the decision to restablish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States

One year has gone by since the simultaneous announcements made on December 17, 2014, by the presidents of Cuba and the United States to re-establish...

Raúl Castro at the UNO. Foto: TeleSurRaúl Castro at the UNO. Foto: TeleSurDuring his remarks at the high level segment of the General Assembly’s 70th period of sessions, Raúl advocated for a more fair and equitable international order, one focused on human beings, their dignity and well-being.

He recalled that, 70 years ago in the name of the world’s peoples, the UN Charter was signed, and a commitment was made to protect future generations from the...

Raúl Castro in New York. Foto: CubaminrexRaúl Castro in New York. Foto: CubaminrexRemarks by Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, in his address to the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, September 26, 2015

Esteemed heads of State and Government,
Distinguished heads of delegations,
Mister Secretary General of the United Nations,
Mister President,

The current...

Raúl Castro at United NationsRaúl Castro at United NationsRemarks by Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, in his address to the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, September 26, 2015

Esteemed heads of State and Government,
Distinguished heads of delegations,
Mister Secretary General of the United Nations,
Mister President,

The current...

Cuban president Raúl Castro at the United NationsCuban president Raúl Castro at the United NationsEsteemed heads of State and Government,
Distinguished heads of delegations,
Mister Secretary General of the United Nations,
Mister President,

The current instability prevailing in numerous regions of the world has its roots in the pervasive underdevelopment afflicting two-thirds of the world population.  

Fifteen years after the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals progress is...

Francis and Fidel in Havana. Foto: Alex Castro / CubadebateFrancis and Fidel in Havana. Foto: Alex Castro / CubadebateMonsignor Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed in a press conference held this Sunday, September 20, that Pope Francis met with the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, after the mass.
According to Lombardi Pope Francis and Fidel held a pleasant meeting which lasted between 30-40 minutes.

The Pontiff and Fidel exchanged gifts: The Pope presented the Comandante...

Pope Francis in Havana. Foto: Roberto Suárez / GranmaPope Francis in Havana. Foto: Roberto Suárez / GranmaPope Francis arrived in Havana at 3:51pm, on Saturday afternoon, September 19, 2015, and was received by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, on the tarmac of José Martí International Airport. Accompanying the President during the welcome ceremony was Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who also greeted the Pope at the foot of the...

During this rainy season, generally defined as May through October, the lack of precipitation continues to be evident. Reservoirs are well below capacity and underground water sources are falling as compared to previous months. In addition, high temperatures are causing increased evaporation. These factors are limiting water availability for the population, agriculture, industry and service...

Ceremony in Santiago de Cuba. Foto: Miguel Noa Menéndez / CubadebateCeremony in Santiago de Cuba. Foto: Miguel Noa Menéndez / CubadebateJust as the Centenary Generation embraced the emancipatory ideas of the patriots who waged Cuba’s wars of independence, and held these ideas close as they assaulted the Moncada Garrison that July 26, of 1953, today representatives of younger generations of Cubans enter what is now a school led by the hands of those men who risked their lives to win freedom that morning of St. Anne’s...

Raúl Castro. Foto: Studio RevoluciónRaúl Castro. Foto: Studio RevoluciónSpeech presented by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closure of the National Assembly of People’s Power Eighth Legislature’s Fifth Period of Ordinary Sessions, in the Havana Convention Center, July 15, 2015, Year 57 of the Revolution (Council of State...

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