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Mario Alzugaray, presented the letters accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba (non-resident from New Zealand) to the Queen’s Representative in Cook Islands, Hon. Tom John Marsters, in a solemn ceremony at the Government House in this capital.
During the meeting, the Cuban diplomat conveyed greetings from President Raul Castro to the island dignitary, restating the will of his government to continue promoting bilateral cooperation and exchange on issues of common concern, such as climate change, peace and disarmament. Similarly, he thanked the support of Cook Islands for Cuban access as Dialogue Partner to the Pacific Islands Forum, main regional coordination mechanism.
The island's leader, meanwhile, was full of praise for the development of Cuban medicine, highlighting the training of medical personnel of his country in the well-known Latin American School of Medicine located in Havana.
During his visit to Rarotonga, Ambassador Alzugaray also held meetings with Deputy Prime Minister, Teariki Heather and Acting Foreign Minister, Jim Armistead, in addition to participating in the official ceremony for the 51st anniversary of the Constitution of Cook Islands. It was also possible for the Cuban diplomat to exchange directly with the relatives and some of the young students that had benefited with medicine scholarships.

(note issued by Cubaminrex-Embacuba New Zealand)

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