Cuba and New Mexico: numerous reasons to continue expanding its historical ties

Image (From left to right): Vice-president of the Richardson Center Mickey Bergman, Governor of New Mexico Michelle Luján-Grisham, Third Secretary Sulia Paez Chacón and CEO of International Folk Art Market Stuart Ashman.

As part of a work visit to New Mexico from June 3rd until June 6th, Third Secretary of the Embassy of Cuba in Washington D.C., Sulia Paez Chacón had the opportunity to exchange with representatives from political, agricultural, academic and cultural sectors of this State about ways of improving relations with Cuba.

During her visit to Santa Fe, the official met with Governor Luján-Grisham and discussed about the historic bonds and potentialities that exist in different areas of interests for Cuba and New Mexico.

The diplomat also met with professors of the Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico (UNM) to exchange about the continuity of educational programs with Cuban institutions. She could also note the importance that this Institute attaches to the agreement signed with the University of Havana, as well as its determination to extend its collaboration exchanges in issues such as ecology, arts, languages and biology.

Image: Professors of the Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Third Secretary Sulia Paez Chacón.

In the city of Albuquerque, the official met representatives from the local offices of the democratic Senators Tom Udall and Martin T. Heinrich, and they discussed about the legislative efforts made in the federal Congress in favor of the bilateral relations.

Ms. Páez Chacón exchanged also with members of the Department of Agriculture, the Beef Council, the Cattle Growers Association and Farm Credit Office about the potentialities of the agricultural trade between New Mexico and the island nation, as well as collaboration of experts in related issues.

Image (From left to right): Third Secretary Sulia Paez Chacón, Dina Chacón-Reitzel (Beef Council), Caren Cowen (Cattle Growers Association), Shacey Sullivan (Marketing for Farm Credit) form the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

During the last day of her visit, the official had excellent talks with the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Museum of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and they considered projects of common interest for Cuba and New Mexico. The member of the Board of Directors of the Museum also conveyed to the diplomat her positive insights in regards to Cuban artists who have been present in this Center.

Image (From left to right): Third Secretary Sulia Paez Chacón and Director and Chief Curator of the Art Museum of the National Hispanic Center of New Mexico, Dr. Tey Nunn.

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