President Mulatu on Working Visit in Cuba

President Mulatu Teshome is paying an official working visit to Cuba, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is visiting the country following the invitation of President Raul Castro of Cuba.

The leaders will discuss about consolidating further the relations of the two countries in various sectors, in education, health and technology sectors in particular.

They are expected to sign various agreements.

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Jeff Flake says no evidence of ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says the U.S. has found no evidence that American diplomats in Havana were the victims of attacks with an unknown weapon.

Flake, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, met with high-ranking Cuban officials in Havana on Friday. He spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday morning.

The Cubans told Flake the FBI has told them its agents found no evidence that mysterious illnesses suffered by U.S. diplomats resulted from attacks, despite the Trump administration’s description of the incidents as attacks.

Flake says classified briefings from U.S. officials have left him with no reason to doubt the Cuban account. The U.S. has pulled most of its staff from Havana in response to the incidents.

Cuban and FBI officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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President Michelle Bachelet Arrives in Cuba on Official Visit

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet arrived in Cuba yesterday to pay a two-day official visit, during which she will meet with the country's highest authorities and will carry out other activities.

Shortly after 06:00 hours, local time, today, the plane of the Chilean Air Force that brought the head of State and her delegation landed at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

She was welcomed by Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra and other officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as diplomats from the Chilean Embassy in Havana.

According to her agenda, Bachellet will meet on Sunday with artists and intellectuals, and the official welcome ceremony will be held on Monday, when she will lay a wreath at Monument to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at Revolution Square, will participate in a business forum and will visit the Salvador Allende Pedagogical School.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said that the Caribbean island shares Bachelet's interest in consolidating and developing economic-commercial and cooperation relations, in addition to promoting investments.

Cuba and Chile, whose relations are in a good state, are united by long-term historic ties.

In 1971, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, visited Chile during Salvador Allende's government. It was the first official visit by a Cuban president to Santiago.

At the time, Allende said that Cuba is linked 'to the history of Latin America, Fidel Castro represents an authentic revolution and we want to intensify the traditional friendly ties that have always existed between our countries.'

The latest collaboration between the two countries took place after the earthquakes that shook Rancagua on February 27, 2010, and Valparaiso on April 24, 2017, when brigades from the International Contingent of Doctors were sent to assist Chileans.

Bachelet was Chile's president during a first term (2006-2010) and was elected for the second time for the 2014-2018 term.

The Chilean leader, who was the first pro tempore president of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), will be succeeded by Sebatian Piñera on March 11, who will repeat at La Moneda after winning the December elections runoff.

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Minister of Timor Leste Rejects US Blockade To Cuba

Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor Leste, Aurelio Guterres, expressed his solidarity with the Cuban people and government, and hopes for the end of the commercial and financial economic blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

In a letter addressed to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, the minister stated that, as a member of the United Nations Organization, Timor Leste warns of the need to end that measure, to safeguard the rights of Cubans and access to the necessary goods.

As a sign of the principles of reciprocity and good relations, Timor Leste expresses its support for the people and opposition to the blockade of the US government, he added.

The US blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba since February 7, 1962 and converted into law in 1992 and 1995, is considered a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people and qualifies as an act of genocide.

At the same time, this policy constitutes the greatest obstacle to the implementation of the country's National Economic and Social Development Plan, and to the development in general of all the potentialities of the economy.

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Evo Morales Highlights Cuba's Resistance to U.S. Hostility

Bolivian President Evo Morales has highlighted Cuba's resistance to the hostility of the U.S. government, which has maintained the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba for more than 50 years.

In a message on his Twitter account, the Bolivian leader praised the dignity and sovereignty of Cubans in the face of U.S. interference.

He recalled events that mark the historical relations between the Caribbean nation and the U.S., marked by interference and an unsuccessful imperial logic.

He mentioned the rupture of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba on January 3, 1961 and the first defeat of imperialism in Americas at Playa Girón -- the Bay of Pigs -- in April of the same year.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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Cuba: new immigration measures come into force

On January first new migratory measures approved in October 2017 came into force and are part of the continuous and irreversible updating process Cuba started 5 years ago.

Granma newspaper highlights today the elimination of the "Habilitation" of the passport for the Cuban emigrants' trips to Cuba and the authorization of the entry and exit to Cuba of Cuban citizens residing abroad in pleasure boats, through the International Tourist Marinas Hemingway and Gaviota-Varadero, are part of the rules that begin to govern.

Likewise, the permit to enter the country of Cuban citizens who left illegally with the exception of those who did it through the United States Naval Base in Guantánamo is established.

The requirement of accommodation is also waived so that children of Cubans living abroad, who were born abroad, can obtain Cuban citizenship and their identity document.

It is noteworthy to say that the new measures do not eliminate the requirement to travel to Cuba with a Cuban passport for those born in the county that has acquired another citizenship.

Similarly, it must be clarified that the authorization and the extension of the passport are not the same thing, and the second is maintained, in accordance with current legislation that establishes that the current passport is valid for two years and can be extended for the same term until a total of six years.

Another necessary precision is that, in the case of doctors or other collaborators who have left the mission they were to fulfill abroad, they are not included in these provisions because they went out legally.

However, since September 2015 the Ministry of Public Health approved that, in the case of doctors, those who wish may rejoin the tasks of the National Health System, where they will have similar conditions to those they had.

The decisions adopted are part of the efforts that the country is making in order to further strengthen relations with its emigration, a process initiated in 1978 by the Commander in Chief of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

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UNESCO congratulates Cuba for 59 anniversary of the revolution

The Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), congratulated Cuba for the 59 anniversary of the victory of the Revolution and expressed the willingness to further strengthen ties with this Caribbean nation.

According to Prensa Latina, UNESCO recognized the traditional active role of Cuba for the promotion of international cooperation in the fields of competence of that entity.

A statement released today by the Permanent Delegation of Havana before that body of the United Nations stressed that in 2017 this country and UNESCO celebrated 70 years of fruitful relationship.

Within that framework had carried out many activities that contributed to recognize and give visibility to the achievements of the revolution in the various sectors of the organization's mandate, indicated the text.

In this regard, points to the tribute to the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, during the tour of the National Ballet of Cuba by France last July.

It also refers to the recognition of the singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, Artist for Peace of UNESCO, on the occasion of the inauguration of his photographic exhibition tour of the Neighborhoods, held in December at the headquarters of the multilateral body.

As another important event adds the celebration of the International Day of Jazz in Havana, as well as the Cuban cultural day which included the exhibition offerings, for the plastic artist Silvia Rivero, and a special presentation of the musician José María Vitier and soprano Barbara Llanes, at UNESCO Headquarters.

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Belarus interested in close cooperation with Cuba

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz as the country celebrates the 59th anniversary of the liberation of the Republic of Cuba, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“An authentic and independent path of the Cuban people was not easy. Cubans protected their identity, stayed loyal to the ideals of the Revolution, and enhanced the country's positions on the international arena,” the message of greetings reads.

The head of state stressed that Belarus will be always committed to friendship and close cooperation with Cuba.

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