The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, thanked this Monday for the messages of support and solidarity sent by multiple international figures due to the explosion of the Saratoga hotel in the capital.
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The president stated in this regard that: “Our deepest gratitude to all the people who from many parts of the world have sent us their condolences, support and accompaniment in these difficult times for Cuba. In the midst of pain, solidarity relieves.
In this sense, he acknowledged the message sent by Pope Francis, as well as “his prayers towards the victims of the terrible explosion that occurred at the Saratoga hotel. In the midst of the pain that our people are experiencing, his words come to us as a consolation”.
Similarly, the Cuban head of state expressed his gratitude to his Russian counterpart and stated that: “We will be bearers of your message of encouragement to the families of the victims. And we will recover with everyone’s efforts and the encouragement of friends.”
Likewise, Díaz-Canel highlighted the words of support from the director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), Audrey Azoulay, and stressed that the international organization “has always cooperated with Cuba”.
The Cuban president responded to the message from the former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcenas, while pointing out that: “still shocked by the painful losses, but always relieved by the solidarity and active response of the people, I appreciate your hug. Every support in these hours is part of our strength”.
On the other hand, the president thanked the condolences offered by his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, within the framework of his official visit to the island, which ended this Sunday.