Wellington, March 3, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés López virtually presented the Credentials that accredit him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to the Cook Islands.
In a ceremony at the headquarters of the High Commissioner of the Cook Islands in New Zealand, the Cuban Ambassador addressed His Excellency Sir Tom John Marsters, KBE Representative of the Queen in the Cook Islands, to whom he conveyed the feelings of solidarity and friendship of the Cuban authorities towards the authorities and the people of the Cook Islands. Likewise, he reiterated Cuba's willingness to work together for the well-being of the nationals of both countries and for a better world.
The Queen's Representative referred to Cuba's achievements in education and health and recognized the support for the Pacific Islands, including the Cook Islands. He highlighted that a local doctor who graduated in Cuba in 2019 works in the Ministry of Health.
Valdés López presented his Letters of Credence to the High Commissioner of the Cook Islands in New Zealand, Her Excellency Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, with whom he maintains a friendly working relationship.
Cuba and the Cook Islands, as small islands, share important challenges, including obstacles to their development and climate change.