Cuba emphasizes its cooperation commitment with the Pacific Islands

APIA, 8 September 2017. - On the occasion of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum held in Samoa, the director general for Bilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerardo Peñalver Portal, confirmed the commitment of Cuba to continue pushing forward cooperation with Small Island Developing States in this region.

During his speech, the Cuban diplomat drew attention to the persistence and impact of the US blockade against his country, expressing also gratitude to heads of State and Governments participating, for its unanimous condemnation of this cruel and unfair policy at the United Nations General Assembly.

Within the framework of the event, the Cuban delegation held numerous bilateral meetings, including with the President of Federal States of Micronesia, Peter Christian, the Vice President of Palau, Raynold B. Oilouch and several foreign affairs ministers of the Pacific nations.

Cuba has maintained a continuous cooperation in the health sector, with the presence of medical teams in several countries of the region and close to 200 scholarships given to young people in the Pacific for medicine related studies in the Caribbean island. Currently Cuba intends to promote exchanges on issues associated to confronting climate change and disaster prevention. (Cubaminrex-Embacuba New Zealand).