Díaz-Canel holds meeting with US agricultural entrepreneurs
“Once again I want to confirm that Cuba has no problem with the people of the United States; we recognise the people of the United States as a neighbour, we recognise their culture, their history,” said the President. Photo: Estudios Revolución
The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, expressed the recognition of the Cuban people and the Cuban government to the American farmers for the efforts they have made within their society to normalise relations, to participants in the III Cuba-United States Agricultural Business Conference, which has been taking place in Havana since Tuesday and will continue until tomorrow.
The Head of State met yesterday afternoon at the Palace of the Revolution with a representation of producers from the agri-food sector of that country, to whom he expressed that, based on the history of cooperation, trade, understanding and joint work in the last 20 years, Cuba ratifies its political, economic and commercial will to continue expanding this exchange.
We also hope, he said, that one day we will be able to regularise this trade in a better way, and that we will also be able to access credits and send Cuban products to the United States.
In the introduction to the meeting, where he addressed issues of the national reality, among others, Díaz-Canel thanked these producers and businessmen for visiting Cuba at such a complex time for the world and also for our country.
For us,” he said, “your visit is very significant. First, because the delegation is made up of the most prestigious, most important institutions in the US agricultural sector, and second, because it is a bipartisan composition; in other words, we can highlight that, in the relationship between the peoples of Cuba and the United States, the diversity of approaches that may be present in US society is present.
But the most important aspect of this meeting, said the Cuban President, is that “the US agricultural sector has always been a leading sector in the understanding, understanding, promotion and fostering of relations between the American and Cuban people”.
“Once again I want to confirm that Cuba has no problem with the people of the United States; we recognise the people of the United States as a neighbour, we recognise their culture, their history,” the President commented, recalling the exchanges that have taken place in other sectors, in addition to agriculture, such as science, education and culture.
“Whenever there is a meeting of this kind, one sees all the potential, all the possibilities there are to understand each other and to forge together; and these are the bridges that we have to continue forging and building. Of course,” he stressed, “we do have a difference, as you know, and that is with the United States government, because of its aggressive policy towards our country”.
In praising the work of US farmers in favour of relations between the two peoples and the leadership they have shown in this regard, Díaz-Canel emphasised that all this has gone through a history, and recalled their active participation, in 2000, in promoting a debate in the United States, so that it would be recognised that there was a possibility of authorising some sales of medicines and agricultural products to Cuba.
That effort, he recalled, resulted in a law with a fairly comprehensive approach, but unfortunately the political lobby of the anti-Cuban ultra-right in Miami limited all those possibilities, and only one-way trade was authorised – only you can sell to us – we have to pay in cash and it has to be done in advance, when we could have had a normal, two-way trade system, with exchanges of Cuban and US products, and with the use of credits, as is done in trade relations anywhere in the world.
Despite this,” the Head of State added, “I would like to stress that for us this type of relationship with you has been very satisfactory; the products we have been able to buy are of high quality, the prices and freight costs are more favourable, and it also gives us the possibility, in the event of emergencies such as a cyclone or other eventuality, to go quickly to a product that is closer to us, with all these advantages. And because of its proximity,” he said, “the resupply cycles are also shorter.