Émigrés Converge at Cuba Event

A lecture by Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto stands out Thursday in a meeting of Cuban emigres discussing here the US government aggressions against the island.

Prieto will also chair a panel on Cuban culture and national identity, as part of the debates and reflections on the support of the Cuban diaspora to the Revolution.

Some 130 delegates from 34 countries are discussing strategies aimed at lifting the US blockade of Cuba and releasing five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in the United States since 1998.

Addressing the opening session, Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said the normalization of relations between the Cuban government and the emigres is a continuous and irreversible process.

The head of the Cuban diplomacy stated that Washington´s aggressive policy is the main obstacle to fostering such links.

The Cuban government will continue working seriously and moderately in that path, stated Perez Roque, who recalled that the right to be called a Cuban depends on the will to defend the homeland.

Perez Roque said that over 8,000 Cubans abroad have carried out consular formalities, and nearly 400,000 have normalized their migratory situation.

The emigres forum will be used to exchange experiences and proposals to improve coordination and communication mechanisms with the emigration.