Cuban Vice-President Salvador Valdés affirmed that the third inauguration of former trade union leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil not only boosted hopes but also strengthened the necessary regional integration.
“Lula is without a doubt a political phenomenon. All of the progressive policies of the Workers’ Party (PT) are a benchmark for the region,” Valdés said in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina.
He explained that Brazil, because of its political weight but also because of its natural resources, will also have an impact on strengthening Latin American integration, even more so to take it back from the Southern Common Market (Mercosur).
He added, The role of the South American giant will play a significant role in the revival of other instances such as the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).
When asked about the significance of Lula’s presidential victory for Cuba, the vice president described it as important and “first we need to restore relations in the order of bilateral relations and take them to the highest political level”.
And then, he specified, “we will return to restore our economic, commercial and cooperative ties.”
In this sense, He insisted that this valuable resumption of relations will take place “in different sectors, in activities such as biotechnology, in the manufacture of medicines and food, in tourism”.
Apparently, he noted, “an enormous opportunity for trade between the two countries is opening up.”
On December 15, 2018, Lula thanked the Cuban professionals who participated in the More Doctors of Brazil and for Cuba program and helped other peoples of the world with their medicine.
“How good it would be if, like Cuba, we had doctors that we could even export to other countries!” declared the former trade unionist in a letter to the Cuban people after ceasing to participate in the initiative created by the Cuban government had Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016).
He valued the Latin American island for exporting doctors to the world. “Much better than rich countries exporting soldiers and dropping bombs on poor communities. Cuba exports life, love, health,” he said.
In his letter, the new ruler assured that the fraternal bonds between the peoples of Brazil and Cuba are much stronger than irrational hatred and Cuban experts “deserve the affection and gratitude of millions of Brazilians”.
So I want to say to the people of Cuba: be very proud of your doctors and your medical schools. You have won millions of admirers, millions of grateful people in Brazil, stressed the PT boss on this occasion.
The day before, the Cuban Vice-President attended Lula’s inauguration in the capital, where he had a busy schedule ahead of his stay.
Among other meetings with political leaders, Valdés met with PT helmsman Gleisi Hoffman, whom he thanked for his party’s unconditional solidarity with Cuba and the revolution, and for the support of his people in the fight against the blockade. imposed by the United States.
(With information from Prensa Latina)