Diaz-Canel Stresses Nicaragua's Social and Economic Achievements

Managua, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stressed the social and economic achievements of Nicaragua, after arriving in Managua today to participate in the celebrations for the 37th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution. "As a result of the Sandinista Front led by Commander Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua is today a free, sovereign and independent, peaceful, anti-imperialist country. It has achieved significant social and economic successes," Diaz-Canel told the press at Managua airport.

The Cuban first vice president stated that he was very happy to be in Nicaragua celebrating 37 years of revolution and victory alongside the people and the government .

"Nicaragua and Cuba are united by strong historical ties of brotherhood and cooperation and Ortega is a key figure in the history of this Central American nation," he said.

"Ortega has been loyal to the legacy of the Sandinista Front, and I think that every time the victory of the Sandinista Revolution is celebrated with the Sandinista government and with Daniel leading the government, we are also paying a tribute to the history of Sandino, Carlos Fonseca and all the fighters who fought for the independence of Nicaragua," he said.

Diaz-Canel leads a delegation consisting of Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, and the Cuban ambassador to Nicaragua, Eduardo Martinez.

Representatives from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Vietnam and Venezuela, among others, have also arrived in the country.

The festivities began early today and the main event will be held in the afternoon.

The event will be led by Ortega and the coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo.

On July 19th, 1979, the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) ended the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the last of that family who held power. Since then, the FSLN have promoted a series of important changes in the country.

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Maduro Says Venezuela Open to Respectful Relations with US

The U.S. government was forced to adopt a more conciliatory position after OAS member-states backed efforts at dialogue.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed the prospect of normalized relations with the United States after Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced there would be high-level meetings to improve the relationship between the two countries.

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“We are ready … to have respectful relations with the United States, with the government of President Obama and the governments to come,” said Maduro.

“We can coexist. If (the United States) can coexist with China, Vietnam, and Cuba, why not Venezuela?” asked Maduro.

Relations between Venezuela and the United States have been icy for over a decade but took a turn for the worse after the United States declared Venezuela to be a threat to its national security.

President Maduro accuses the United States government of conspiring with the Venezuelan opposition to oust him from office.

RELATED: OAS Backs Venezuela, Approves Review of Almagro's Actions

The United States, however, suffered an embarrassment at the recent General Assembly of the Organization of American States when member-states rejected Secretary-General Luis Almagro's efforts to have Venezuela suspended from the regional bloc.

Instead member-states accepted a request from Venezuela to review the behavior of Almagro to determine if he stepped out of line with his polemic and undiplomatic statements aimed at the Venezuelan government.

In light of the dynamics that played out at the OAS, Kerry took a decidedly different line, saying they too did oppose suspending Venezuela from the bloc.

Almagro has held meetings with the leadership of the opposition controlled National Assembly and championed their cause at the OAS.

The leadership of the National Assembly, however, was chastised by the Venezuelan Supreme Court for encroaching on the constitutional duties of the executive. 

The 1999 Venezuelan Constitution specifies that the President is in charge of foreign relations. Right-wing lawmakers and politicians have traveled to meet with figures like Almagro to help gather support for the ouster of the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.

The right-wing leadership of the National Assembly specifically requested Almagro apply the Democratic Charter against Venezuela but the Supreme Court issued an injunction invalidating that request.

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Saudi Arabia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with Iran

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia decided on Sunday to break diplomatic relations with Iran after the mob attack over the weekend on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and on its consulate in the city of Mashhad, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced.

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President Raul Castro Visits Mexico

Merida, Mexico, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) President Raul Castro begins an official visit to Mexico, when the relationships between the two countries recover their historical fullness.

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