Letters and Messages

Message from Fidel to Maradona

I was very happy to learn that you would be in Cuba during the first weeks of January 2015 with the brilliant comrade that has shared with you the adventure of a fascinating sport.
I have at hand a list of oil producing and exporting countries according to their production capacity and their export policy, at a time when the latter seriously threatens the future of Mankind.  Others do it for different reasons.  
Saudi Arabia                        11,730,000 barrels per day                     
United States                       11,110.000    
Russia                                   10,440,000    
China                                                4,155,000      
Canada                                 3,856,000      
Iran                                        3,594,000      
United Arab Emirates         3,213,000      
The rest –up to number 20 in the list, the UK—extract over one million barrels per day in their respective territories.
These are the leading countries in terms of production and not in terms of their proven reserves.   
I was very happy to learn about your visit to Cuba.  Thanks to my conversations with you during the most brilliant years of our unforgettable friend Hugo Chavez, I gathered that the meeting in Mar del Plata could not be forgotten.  Hugo reminded the United States that there was another America.  
As to me, I was just watching for the second time the interview with Gerardo, Antonio, and Ramon.  You know, I haven’t yet had the chance of greeting them, though I did send flowers to little Gema.  What a beautiful name!
I heard you would be in the plane at 5:30 p.m. Is that certain?
At the recent Central American and Caribbean Championship, a judge imposed us an arbitrary penalty in such an important sport as football.  It wasn’t fair.  Money for the rich, penalties for the poor.   
As you can see, I want to be impartial, but I can assure you I find it quite difficult.  
Best wishes Maestro!
Fidel Castro Ruz
January 11, 2015
7:25 p.m.