Cuba Recognizes Global Solidarity after Air Disaster

Havana, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba acknowledged today the messages of condolence and solidarity issued from the five continents in response to the May 18 air disaster, in which 112 people lost their lives.

The Foreign Minister of Cuba published in its digital portal a summary of the messages of encouragement received after the tragedy occurred 12 days ago when a Boeing 737-200 rented by Cubana de Aviación crashed a few minutes after taking off from the capital José Martí International Airport.

Extensive has been the solidarity with the relatives of the victims, expressed in numerous messages arrived from different geographies to accompany the pain of the Cubans, he said.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called for strength and peace for the relatives of the deceased at a time of such a pain, while his Bolivian counterpart, Evo Morales, showed consternation and offered his condolences to the Cuban people, brother Miguel Díaz-Canel, and especially to the families of the passengers and crew.

Also the heads of Russia, Vladimir Putin; China, Xi Jinping; Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto; Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; and King Felipe VI of Spain expressed their sorrow for the disaster, which only survived a 19-year-old girl, who is in critical condition.

According to the Foreign Ministry, other leaders who sent messages were those from El Salvador, Vietnam, Algeria, Angola, South Africa, Finland, Portugal, Guyana, Turkey, Bulgaria, Benin, Dominica, Switzerland, Uzbekistan, Slovenia, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Italy, Namibia, Colombia, and Belarus.

The list also includes, among others, dignitaries from Azerbaijan, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Laos, Syria, Iran, Honduras, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, United Kingdom, Morocco, Qatar, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Palau, Germany, Timor Leste, Liberia, France, and Palestine.

The air disaster also motivated the condolences of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Pope Francisco, the High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, and the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom ), Irwin LaRocque.

Presidents, representatives of United Nations bodies, parliamentarians, politicians and activists joined the messages accompanying the pain suffered by the Cuban people.

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