Wellington, October 25. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the reception honoring outgoing Mayor Andy Foster, who served the city for 30 years and developed a close relationship with the diplomatic community and the Cuban Embassy.
On that occasion, he spoke with the new mayor, Tory Whanau, whom he wished success in her important mission.
Whanau expressed her interest in visiting Cuba, and in strengthening ties with the accredited Diplomatic Corps.
Wellington, October 15. On October 20, Cuba celebrates its Culture Day, to commemorate the first time the National Anthem was sung, in 1868, at the beginning of our wars of independence.
The Embassy in New Zealand has been posting messages from filmmakers, poets, and dance teachers, among other admirers of our culture and friends of Cuba, on its social networks.
A special place occupies the interpretation of our National Anthem by the young student Larainah Tapelu, who learned it especially for this occasion.
Wellington, September 26. Ambassador Edgardo Valdes attended on behalf of Cuba, the State Memorial Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in this city.
Presided over by the Governor General, the Right Honorable Dame Cindy Kiro, and the Right Honorable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, a service was held in the Cathedral, followed by a reception in Parliament.
Wellington September 11. At the invitation of the Prime Minister, The Right Honorable Jacinda Ardern, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the Accession Ceremony in Parliament, in which New Zealand officially recognized H.M. King Charles III as it's Sovereign and Head of State.
Members of the Government, Parliament, the Diplomatic Corps, and the general public accompanied the Governor General and the Prime Minister at this historic moment.
Waikato, September 5. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and Consul Dalila Vázquez visited Te Ohaaki Marae, where they met with tribal leader Tuku Morgan and other leaders to evaluate possible forms of cooperation, mainly in the field of health.
The diplomats participated in a traditional Maori welcome, visited the museum, and exchanged extensively on the history and reality of Cuba and the Maori communities.
Wellington, August 31. New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Nanaia Mahuta, participated in a working lunch with the Latin American Ambassadors, accompanied by Minister Honorable Meka Whaitiri, and senior officials from the local Foreign Ministry.
On behalf of the GRULAC ambassadors, the Cuban ambassador Edgardo Valdés thanked her for the opportunity to exchange on ways to strengthen and diversify relations between New Zealand and the countries of our region.
Wellington, August 31. A reception was held at the Cuban embassy to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Cook Islands.
Members of Parliament and the Diplomatic Corps attended and enjoyed the performance of the well-known singer Caii-Michele.
The High Commissioner for the Cook Islands, H.E. Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, and Ambassador Edgardo Valdés highlighted the cooperation between the two countries as an example of what two small islands can achieve by working together.
Wellington, August 11. The Ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Peru, together with the second of the representation of Mexico, met at the Embassy of Cuba to exchange ideas on joint actions in favor of our relations with New Zealand.
They also coordinated an upcoming meeting with the New Zealand Foreign Minister, the Honorable Nanaia Mahuta, as part of the steps to strengthen ties between our region and the host country.
GRULAC members maintain an excellent relationship to promote the common interests of our countries.
Wellington, August 3. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the Cook Islands Constitution Day celebration, invited by the High Commissioner of that nation, H.E. Elizabeth Right-Koteka.
On the occasion of said commemoration, the ambassador transmitted a message from Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero to his counterpart from the Cook Islands, reiterating our willingness to strengthen bilateral relations.
On September 2, Cuba and the Cook Islands will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.