On May 4, Rafael Correa Delgado, President of Ecuador, paid tribute to Cuba’s National Hero José Martí and Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in the city of Santiago de Cuba.
Accompanied by Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, the Ecuadoran President laid a bouquet of white roses before José Martí’s mausoleum and a floral wreath at the monument where the ashes of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution remain.
Visibly moved, Correa took a moment to pay tribute to the Cuban statesman and champion of just causes across Latin America and the world.
Leader of the Revolución Ciudadana (Citizens’ Revolution) in his country and a great friend of Cuba, its people and senior leaders, Rafael Correa arrived to Santiago de Cuba on the evening of May 3, where he will also visit the former Moncada Garrison, which Fidel and members of the Centenary Generation attempted to size on July 26, 1953.
Correa will also be honored as an Illustrious Son of the city of Santiago de Cuba Distinction, the highest decoration awarded by the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power, in an act held in the old Town Hall; the site of memorable moments in the country’s history, such as the proclamation of the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.
The regional leader will also meet with young Ecuadorans studying at the University of Medical Sciences in the provincial capital as part of the Havana Latin American School of Medicine program, which trains thousands of medical professionals from sister nations of the continent.
Correa will also visit the Abel Santamaría neighborhood, where collaborators from his country are helping to build houses for victims of Hurricane Sandy – which hit the island in 2012 – as part of a cooperation initiative between Ecuador and Cuba which aims to benefit families by constructing 1,600 homes.
Residents of Abel Santamaría such as Gladys Almarales, Nuria González and Liuba Cordero stated that they were thrilled to be receiving the leader of Ecuador’s Citizens Revolution, who they thanked once again for the gesture of solidarity.