“We are very grateful for his visit in these complex times for Cuba; we are grateful for his courage, because visiting Cuba in these times is an act of courage,” said the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, when welcoming Fabien Roussel, national secretary of the French Communist Party.
During the dialogue, Diaz-Canel acknowledged the French Communist Party as “one of the most solid left-wing parties, with more history, with more trajectory in Europe”, and described as enormous the challenges it faces “in defense of the communist ideas, of Marxism and of the French working class”, according to the website of the Presidency.
Roussel considered it very important “to come at this moment, to ratify our solidarity with the Cuban people and with Cuba’s socialist project”; he highlighted, in a special way, the effort of the Island to develop “its own vaccines against COVID-19”, and praised the sending of Cuban doctors to different regions of the world, particularly those who arrived in France and Martinique.
The French delegation was composed of Jérémy Bacchi, senator of Bouches-du-Rhône, and Pierre Lacaze, regional councilor of Occitania, both members of the National Executive Committee of the French Communist Party; as well as officials Charlotte Balavoine and Lina Sankari.
The Cuban President was accompanied by Roberto Morales Ojeda, member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of Organization of the Central Committee of the Party; Ángel Arzuaga Reyes, Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations of the Central Committee; and Elio Rodríguez Perdomo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (International Editorial Office).