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Successful First Visit of Cuban Consul-General to Alberta

Javier Domokos RuizJavier Domokos Ruiz, Consul-General of Cuba in Toronto, made a successful five-day visit to Edmonton and Calgary from June 13-18, during which he updated people on current developments in Cuba. The visit included a reception at a local artist's house in Edmonton, a public meeting sponsored by the Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee and a public meeting sponsored by the Canada Cuba Friendship Association in Calgary, as well as other informal get-togethers and visits. During his visit, Consul-General Domokos met with a wide variety of people, including workers, trade union leaders, First Nations, politicians, professors, researchers, visual artists, film-makers, musicians, graduate students, seniors, representatives of the Latin American community and businesspeople.

At the two public meetings in Edmonton and Calgary, Consul-General Domokos was able to provide a great deal of important information on what is taking place in Cuba today, to explain the challenges that Cuba faces and must meet, and to answer the many questions raised by those who participated in the meetings. A friendly atmosphere prevailed and it was clear that those who were at the meetings attended on the basis of both learning more about Cuba and to show strong support for the Cuban nation-building project.

In his presentations, Consul-General Domokos also stressed the great importance of continuing the solidarity work in Canada, in particular, support for the international campaign to Free the Cuban Five, the Cuban patriots unjustly held in U.S. jails. In summing up his visit, Consul-General Domokos expressed his pleasure at the wide diversity of people who are interested in Cuba and the many positive links he made with people in both cities. People appreciated the opportunity to meet with him and were very energized by his visit, and all involved consider his first visit to Alberta to be a great success.

From: TML (