The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas met this morning with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla at the Party's headquarters in Perissos, Athens. The meeting took place within the framework of Minister Parrilla's two-day visit in Greece.
After the meeting, Dimitris Koutsoumbas made the following remarks:
"We had a very interesting meeting and discussion with the Foreign Minister of Cuba and member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, as well as with the delegation of the Cuban Party which is visiting Greece these days. [...] There was an update for the situation in Greece, here in the region of Europe, as well as about the situation in Cuba, in Latin America and for the situation in the world in general. We referred to the dangerous situations for peace which are being created in various parts of the world.
I informed Mr.Minister for the developments in the EU, the course of the economic crisis in our country and in the EU, as well as for the KKE policy as it is developing after the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of Greece. We expressed our solidarity towards the people of Cuba, for their struggle for the country's economic development, against the imperialist interventions, against the embargo, against all policies which make Cuba people's life more difficult. On the same time, we expressed the need for development of our parties' bilateral relations, but also our internationalist solidarity within the framework of the international meetings of the Communist and Workers Parties, of other regional meetings, for peace and progress in our countries, our regions, in the whole world.
We will continue the discussion, the exchange of opinions, the solidarity and friendship between the KKE and the Communist Party of Cuba, mainly between the Greek and the Cuban people".
From his side, Mr. Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla conveyed Raul Castro's greetings to the KKE and the Greek people. He informed about the efforts of the CP of Cuba for the socialist construction in his country as well as for the situation in the region, stating that he shares the concerns regarding the existing dangers about new wars and also about the negative role that international financial institutions and formations play.
The Cuban Foreign Minister pointed out his government's will to continue the dialogue with the government of the USA, within a framework of complete respect of each country and non-intervention in the internal politics of each other. Furthermore, he thanked the KKE for its solidarity towards the Cuban people and its struggle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade and generally for its support to the Cuban Revolution. Minister Parrilla stated that he is happy that he is in Greece and has the opportunity to acquire a first-hand impression of the Greek people and their struggle.