Cuba and Cook Islands celebrate 15 years of diplomatic relations

Wellington, September 4, 2017. - In an emotional event hosted this Friday by the Embassy of Cuba in this city, diplomats from both countries commemorated the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, along with friends and citizens of both nations residing in New Zealand.

The High Commissioner of Cook Islands, Her Excellency Teremoana Yala, express her gratitude for the idea in coordinating this event and acknowledged Cuba´s cooperation in the training of young Pacific students in medical related careers.

The evening was marked by performances of Cook Island´s dances and Cuban rhythms, for the delight of everyone present. Culture became, once again, a common factor that brought together people from geographical distant countries but more than close in their warm tropical spirit.

The Ambassador of Cuba, Mario Alzugaray, restated the importance that Cuba attaches to its links with the Pacific region, sharing the challenges faced by the Small Island Development States.

Cuba and the Cook Islands, established diplomatic relations on September 2, 2002, being one of the first countries in the region to build official ties with the Caribbean nation. (Cubaminrex - Embacuba NZ)