Joseph Martelly of the Republic of Haiti received on
October 24 Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of the
Cuban National Assembly of People's Power, who was
on an official visit to the country.
During their exchange, Lazo
confirmed that the objective of his stay in Haiti
was to evaluate cooperation between the two nations
and consolidate bilateral relations.
In this context, he affirmed that
the Cuban government and people are going to take
new steps "little by little," to help this sister
He commented that he had found a
nation which is changing, with more order and new
achievements, particularly from the social point of
view, for which he congratulated the Haitian leader.
He added that he was aware of many
programs in operation linked to the reconstruction
of Haiti, implemented by the government to the
benefit of the people.
CUBA AND HAITI UNITED BY HISTORY
During a meeting with Haitian Prime
Minister Laurent Lamothe, Lazo affirmed that Cuba
and Haiti are united by history.
The Haitian Premier highlighted the
importance of Cuban collaboration in key sectors
such as health and the environment and confirmed his
interest in strengthening integration.
For his part, Lazo evoked the
thinking and action of Fidel and Raúl who, he said,
have a firm commitment to help Haiti, insisting on
unity as essential for the future of Latin American
and Caribbean peoples.
Lazo, also a member of the Political
Bureau of the Communist Party, honored the heroes of
Haitian independence, by placing a wreath in the
National Pantheon Museum.
The occasion was moreover, a
propitious one for the National Assembly President
to be shown a bronze bust of Cuban National Hero
José Martí, which is to be placed in a plaza in the
northern city of Cap Haïtien.
Lazo observed that the sculpture
reflects the friendship, solidarity and sisterhood
between Cuba and Haiti, and constitutes one more
impulse to continue developing them.
In the morning, the National
Assembly President talked with cooperative workers
in the various sectors of the Cuban State Mission
and toured the Renaissance Community Reference
He was interested to see the quality
of service provided in the facility, to learn the
number of daily outpatients and those undergoing
surgery, as well as the relationship between Haitian
and Cuban personnel working at the hospital.
Lazo insisted on the need to
preserve the hospital’s achievements and to continue
working to increase them