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Cuban First Vice President Meets with Palestinian Foreign Minister
The Palestinian Foreign minister brought with him a message from Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the Cuban President Raul Castro.

The two parties confirmed the fraternity and solidarity that has characterized relations between the Cuban and Palestinian people in the struggle for independence and sovereignty.

Machado Ventura reiterated Cuba’s unequivocal condemnation of the savage aggression perpetrated by the Israeli government in the Gaza Strip that caused the loss of many innocent lives. He also noted the unswerving solidarity of the Cuban people with the just cause of the Palestinian people in the struggle to have an independent state as well as achieve an integral, just and lasting peace for all countries of the Middle East.

Machado Ventura and Riad N. A. Malki also discussed issues of regional and international interest, underlining the importance of the work of the Non-Aligned Movement in the current international situation.

The Palestinian Foreign minister was accompanied by Akram Mohammad Rashid Samhan, the Palestinian ambassador to Cuba, and Munjed Falah, Latin American director of the Palestinian National Authority’s Foreign Ministry.

Accompanying Machado Ventura was Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, Vice Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez Costa, and Jose Enrique Enriquez Rodriguez, who heads the Africa and Middle East desk at the Foreign Ministry.


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