#Relaciones Bilaterales

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez holds the United States responsible for the incidents in Cuba.

Havana, July 13. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, said at a press conference that the US government identified # COVID19 as an opportunity to reinforce the blockade and its aggression against our country.

Referring to the riots that occurred last Sunday, he affirmed that it has been a deliberate, cruel, and opportunistic attempt to take advantage of the conditions of a pandemic to try to strangle our economy.

Meeting of Latin American Ambassadors with the Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Wellington, July 6. The Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, offered a dinner to the accredited Latin American Ambassadors, in the company of the members of the Parliamentary Group of Friendship with our region.

In a friendly atmosphere, we had the opportunity to exchange with the co-chairs, Ricardo Menéndez and Angela Roberts, as well as with other members of the group, about the situation in our countries and our interest in strengthening ties with New Zealand.

Cuban Ambassador participates in academic event on foreign policy.

Dunedin, July 3. On July 2 and 3, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the 55th edition of the School of Foreign Policy of the University of Otago.

With a long tradition, this is one of the most prestigious academic events in the country.

Under the theme "New Zealand's foreign policy in a post-COVID era," interesting discussions were held with the participation of the Foreign Minister, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, academics, and diplomats from various countries.

Cuban Ambassador attends Fieldays Agricultural Fair.

Mystery Creek, June 17. Invited by Peter Nation, CEO of New Zealand National Fieldays Society, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the largest agricultural fair in the country and one of the largest in the world, which took place between June 16 and 19.

At the event, in addition to greeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and thanking her for New Zealand's support for the Cuban resolution against the UN blockade, the Ambassador was able to learn directly about the innovations and advances in this sector and establish contacts with specialists and officials linked to this activity.

Cuban Ambassador participates in the inauguration of the Anne Frank Memorial.

Wellington, June 13. At the invitation of Vice Prime Minister Grant Robertson, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended this Sunday the inauguration of the Anne Frank Memorial, in Ellice Park in this city.

The event was attended by parliamentarians, diplomats, and members of the community, who joined in this tribute and demonstration of rejection of all forms of discrimination.

Cuban Ambassador visits the cities of Dunedin and Queenstown.

Queenstown, June 11. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés visited the cities of Dunedin and Queenstown between June 8 and 11, where he met with the respective mayors, Aaron Hawkins and Jim Boult.

In an interesting program organized by the local Foreign Ministry, the Ambassador learned about New Zealand's positive experiences in sustainable agricultural production, nature tourism and support for innovative companies, among other topics.


Cuban Ambassador attends the commemoration of ANZAC Day.

Wellington, April 25. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the ANZAC day commemoration ceremony on Sunday morning, in which New Zealanders pay tribute to those who, as the Governor-General, the Right Honorable Lady Patsy Reddy said, showed "courage in times of darkness and fear, and hope for a future of peace, opportunity and well-being for all".

On behalf of the Government and the people of Cuba, the Ambassador placed a wreath in honor of the fallen, among which the important contribution of the Maori and Pacific Island communities stands out.

Cuban Ambassador attends the State Memorial Service for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Wellington, April 21. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the ceremony honoring Prince Philip, which was attended by the Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Dame Patsy Reddy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Maori King, His Majesty Kiingi Tuheitia, among other authorities.

It was a solemn and emotional ceremony, in which the Diplomatic Corps, together with multiple representatives of New Zealand society, showed their solidarity with the royal family.





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