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“Cuba embraces its citizens abroad,” activist states

Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban-American solidarity activist Carlos Lazo described as a tremendous embrace with the Homeland the 4th Conference on the Nation and Emigration, which opened in Havana on Saturday.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, the leader of the Bridges of Love initiative affirmed that this meeting of Cuban residents abroad with Cuban institutions, the Government and the people comes at a time when the country is facing a complex situation due to the impact of the tightened blockade imposed by the United States.

Lazo pointed out that it is a scenario where Cuba’s ties with its emigration are getting closer thanks to measures such as the decrease in consular fees and the extension of the validity of ordinary passports, among others, aimed at facilitating the active participation of Cubans overseas in the socioeconomic domestic life.

“We are here not only to celebrate the positive actions taken, but we will talk with the institutions, with the Government, about our needs and proposals to help in these difficult times,” he stressed.

The activist noted that the nation needs all its children, those who love and found and want the best for their country and, beyond any political differences, they know that it is necessary and fundamental to prioritize respect for national sovereignty and the lifting of the US blockade that punishes the Cuban people.

Regarding the threats he has received for his relationship with Cuba, he noted that throughout these years, all those who have defended the country have had to face the opposition of people, many of whom are confused due to the big campaign of disinformation and hatred promoted from abroad.

“We are determined to move forward, the other option would be to fold our arms, and we have to do for our homeland, it is the life meaning of any human being, to do for his mother and the greatest mother is the homeland.”

Lazo called on his fellow citizens abroad to leave aside differences and join in this task of solidarity, because “one can return from hatred; we all have tenderness somewhere in our souls,” he assured.

“I came back from hatred a long time ago and I know that it is possible to do it. So, I insist on the need for those people to try to do something for their homeland, to participate in solidarity campaigns, donations, projects for Cuba, so that they feel the spiritual welfare it provides to do for their country,” he pointed out.

Some 400 participants from some 50 countries are meeting this weekend in Havana to discuss ties with their nation of origin and the prospects of that relationship, as well as migration issues and other topics related to culture and identity, economic development and investment.