"We come willingly to accompany him on his anniversary and wish many happy returns to our brother Fidel, his government and all the Cuban people. We hope that is not an imposition," he said with much emotion. Photo: Roberto SuárezZoom
"Content and happy." Those were the first words of the Bolivian President, Evo Morales, when stepping on Cuban soil on Wednesday night, and describing in that way his mood at being in Havana to celebrate the 89th birthday of the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro.
"We come willingly to accompany him on his anniversary and wish many happy returns to our brother Fidel, his government and all the Cuban people. We hope that is not an imposition," he said with much emotion.
"We will have a few hours with him tomorrow morning, and we hope that we can chat familiarly and show our respect and admiration." About Fidel he said, "I admire and love him, I have learned a lot from him throughout my revolutionary career and so we decided to come," said the indigenous leader.
Evo was accompanied by his Foreign Minister David Choqueuanca and was welcomed at the Jose Marti International Airport by Deputy Foreign Minister Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga.
In an aside to the Cuban press, Evo Morales also offered his evaluation of the recent action plan designed by the countries of ALBA-TCP to counter the onslaught of imperialism, and the Right, against democratic governments in Latin America, and which was presented in the recent meeting of foreign ministers of the bloc held this week in Caracas.
On that matter he stressed that it is "our duty as governments and as social movements to defend the presidents who are constantly being attacked politically and economically, even being threatened by the United States as in the case of Venezuela."
He also referred to the issue of Ecuador which is also the object of destabilizing attempts by the Right, within and outside the nation. "We show our solidarity with President Rafael Correa. I regret that a few social movements are the instruments of the Right and the US Empire. "
We will continue "united, organized and mobilized to defend our democratic revolutions" he said.
Evo, last Tuesday, called on the indigenous movements of Ecuador not to let themselves be treated as instruments, he noted, since the Ecuadorian Right is using them to demonstrate against the management of the Ecuadorian president and the project of the Citizen’s Revolution.
On restoring ties between Cuba and the United States, which will have an important moment on Friday when the US Embassy in Havana will be officially reopened, Morales said that this constitutes is a great triumph for the Cuban people and its Revolution. "It is the unity of the Cuban people, but also that of the world which is with Cuba."
He also hailed the contribution of Pope Francisco and was hopeful that one day the Pope can unite Chile and Bolivia, two countries that have had a territorial dispute for decades.
Translated by ESTI