The Brazil-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, currently composed of 65 MPs and 12 senators, was officially reinstated in the Chamber of Deputies with the assistance of political leaders, social movements and diplomatic representatives.
Congresswoman Lidice da Mata, member of the Brazilian Socialist Party, will coordinate the group's activities along with legislators from different political trends, Prensa Latina reported
In the opening words of the meeting, Mata refuted President Jair Bolsonaro's aggressive and shameless speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, where he made an 'unfortunate debut'.
She believed that Brazilian-Cuba friendship goes beyond bounds of cooperation in common interest programs, but also reflects deep cultural traditions and similarities.
During the meeting, the Cuban ambassador in Brazil, Rolando Gomez, thanked 'the Brazilian legislators who have joined this lofty and supportive initiative, and the presence of senators, parliamentarians, advisors, friends of solidarity and the diplomatic corps (Russia, Palestine, Syria, Angola, Nicaragua, Bolivia and El Salvador)'.
Gomez praised the importance of his country to count on international solidarity in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for almost six decades by the United States.
He also denounced the tightening of this blockade, which continues 'to be the central focus of the U.S. government's policy towards Cuba, with increasingly significant effects on its extraterritorial application.
For the diplomat, Washington's behavior 'constitutes an affront to the international community that for 27 consecutive years has condemned the blockade against Cuba in the context of the United Nations'.