This was one of the main demands of the 11th Meeting of the Venezuela-Cuba Friendship and Mutual Solidarity Movement, held virtually over the weekend.
The meeting demanded the “cessation of financing and promotion of terrorism and subversion by the U.S. government and its allies against the Cuban and Bolivarian revolutions,” actions that in their opinion are “aimed at generating social and political violence to reduce popular support for those processes.”
The participants in the meeting also urged Washington to end the U.S. “economic, commercial and financial” blockade of Cuba, an embargo that has been “intensified by 243 coercive measures adopted by the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021), which continue under Joe Biden.”
The meeting also demanded the “immediate and unconditional” repeal of the declaration of Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the security” of the United States, “as well as all the punitive actions taken” against the Bolivarian country.
El XI Encuentro del Movimiento de Amistad y Solidaridad Mutua #Venezuela🇻🇪-#Cuba🇨🇺 llamó al cese del financiamiento y promoción del terrorismo y la subversión por parte del gobierno de EE.UU. y sus aliados contra las revoluciones cubana y bolivariana.
— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) December 6, 2021
The meeting also served to reiterate the support of Venezuela and Cuba for their presidents, Nicolás Maduro and Miguel Díaz-Canel, respectively, as “guarantors of the transition to socialism and of the transformations towards a more humane society.”
The final statement also recognized “the position of international brotherhood expressed in the solidarity cooperation maintained by Cuba,” with the sending of dozens of medical brigades from the Henry Reeve contingent to confront COVID-19 in some 40 countries, as well as “the altruistic work developed by Cuban doctors in Venezuela during the last two decades” and “the scientific capacity of the island with the development of various vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.”
For their part, representatives of Cuba and Venezuela virtually carried out this Monday the 5th Round of Migration Talks between the governments of both nations.
During the work sessions, held “in a frank, cordial and cooperative environment,” the migration flow between the two countries was assessed and “the status of compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding on Migration Issues and the Memorandum for the Exchange of Migration Alerts and Security Information was verified, as effective mechanisms for migratory control, the fight against the illegal smuggling of migrants and human trafficking, and the adequate treatment of migrants,” the MINREX said.
The island’s Foreign Ministry statement affirms that “both parties reiterated the importance of this type of meeting for relations between the two countries, while reaffirming the will and commitment of their respective governments to continue carrying out joint actions to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of migration, in order to guarantee a regular, orderly and safe flow of travelers.”
The round of talks was chaired by Deputy Foreign Ministers Gerardo Peñalver Portal, from Cuba, and Rander Peña Ramírez, from Venezuela.