SANTIAGO DE CHILE.— Speaking at the opening of the 17th Ibero-American Summit Friday, Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage said “social cohesion will never be achieved by the supposed generosity of the market, but through a system of fairness and equality.”
Lage highlighted the need to confront egotistical and violent national oligarchies and the criminal policies of the current United States government. “They will do everything to keep us from reaching social justice or even a little more social cohesion, since it would affect their historic privileges.”
Referring to Cuba, Lage said that under austere living conditions, amidst the most prolonged blockade in history, the Cuban people are defending the unity and dignity of the nation.
The head of the Cuban delegation at the Ibero-American Summit and Chilean President Michele Bachelet held a cordial exchange on strengthening bilateral relations and discussed Cuban cooperation in health, education and biotechnology.
Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley informed that Lage invited Bachelet to visit Cuba; the Chilean leader sent greetings to Cuban President Fidel Castro, First Vice President Raul Castro and the Cuban people.
Likewise, it was reported that in the meeting between Lage and Bachelet, the Chilean president expressed her interest and desire to visit the Caribbean nation. Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Ambassador Giraldo Mazola were also present at the meeting.