"Our medical cooperation with Venezuela began as a result of the Vargas tragedy, in which thousands of people died as a consequence of the abandonment and lack of foresight experienced by the poorest population of this state."
"For its part, Venezuela has shown particular solidarity with the peoples of the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
It has developed strong links with Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and other nations."
"It has cultivated relations with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other republics of the former USSR. It has not forgotten Palestine or Libya."
"It pays special attention to its economic links with China. It stands in solidarity with the peoples of Africa. It practices a policy of peace with all countries."
"The name of Hugo Cha'vez is admired and respected throughout the world. Everyone, even many of his adversaries, wishes him a prompt recovery. The doctors are fighting with optimism for this objective."
"As is known, all Cuban revolutionaries are followers of MartÃ and BolÃvar. I have the certainty that, with him and however painful his absence, all of you will be capable of continuing his work."
" -Viva Hugo Cha'vez!