Prepare for the worst – Raul Castro

The First Secretary of Cuba's Communist Party Raul Castro (C) and President Miguel Diaz-Canel (2nd-L) arrive at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, on January 1, 2019, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the revolution. - On January 1, Cuba marked the 60th anniversary of the Communist Revolution that brought the late enigmatic leader Fidel Castro to power. (Photo by Yamil LAGE / AFP)

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, January 1 (AFP) .- Former President and leader of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro, urged his country to “strengthen the defense and prepare for the worst scenarios” after accusing the United States, of having resumed the policy of “confrontation”.

In a speech in the city of Santiago de Cuba on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the 87-year-old leader assured that it is the duty of Cubans to prepare themselves “meticulously for all scenarios, including the worst” and “leave no room for bewilderment and improvisation. “

Cuban First Secretary of Communist Party Raul Castro Ruz gives a speech, on January 01, 2019, during the celebration of 60th Anniversary of Cuban Revolution at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. Yamil Lage/Pool via Reuters

“We will continue to prioritize the tasks of preparing the defense” with the objective of “preserving sovereignty and peace”, said Raúl Castro who was President of Cuba from February 2008 until last April in 2018, when he bequeathed the office to his successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel

In his speech, Castro denounced how the current administration of the United States has returned to a policy of hostility and confrontation with Cuba after the historic reconciliation between 2014 and 2016, during the administration of former president Barack Obama, where diplomatic relations were reestablished and embassies were reopened.

These events came to an end with the coming to power in 2017 of Donald Trump, who escalated the blockade that Washington has applied to the island since 1962.

 

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