Arabs and Cubans, A Reciprocal Solidarity

keniaserrano-libanoBeirut, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Although geographically distant, the similarity of struggles, joy, pain and hopes unites Arabs and Cubans, committed even more to solidarity after a fraternal meeting recently held in the capital of Lebanon.

For the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Kenia Serrano, the recently concluded Arab Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba showed the admiration triggered worldwide by the Caribbean nation, its revolution and leader, above all in the Middle East region.

In an interview with Prensa Latina several few hours before departing from Beirut, the also Cuban legislator described the movement of solidarity in the Arab nations as “very special” for her country, because “it takes on, parallel to its own cause, the cause of Cuba, and that is admirable.”

The Lebanese people defended the meeting the most, Serrano added, saying that “the Arabs need such kind of meetings because this is their way to build their own unity, in which Cuba is a kind of example for those persons” of many political and social spectrums.

She explained that Arabs are also avid for Cuban solidarity, to know the island’s reality, the updating of its economic model, and defend it, but with solid arguments, without departing from the charm and romanticism they inspire.

The ICAP president said that she trusted that this movement would continue increasing, with Lebanon and all Arab countries continuing to work on reporting Cuban reality and the difficult situation the island’s anti-terrorist fighters still in U.S. prisons are facing.

“When it comes to demanding the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez (the two latter already released after having served their entire sentences), the effort encompasses demonstrations from all kinds of groups, not just the politically active or left-wing sympathizers, but also family groups.” In this regard, she called for greater attempts to inform the world about the unjust sentence the Five had had to serve in U.S. prisons. “That Rene and Fernando are already in the homeland does not mean that we have reached a victory, because we are talking of a return still without having reached justice,” Serrano stated.

She recalled that the Arabs identify with that cause because their relatives and companions also suffer confinement in Israeli jails, and the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters offer support to Palestinians and other Arab prisoners in Israel and with Arab political prisoners in U.S. cells.

Another factor that brings the Arabs closer is their enormous admiration for Latin America, with Cuba as a referent and example, many speakers said during the solidarity meeting, in which participants mentioned the example and resistance of the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

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