Palmerston, February 27. Responding to an invitation from the mayor of the city, H.W Grant Smith, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the Festival of Cultures and carried out an intense program on the 26th and 27th.
A visit to Massey University and its research centers, dinner with the Mayor, and the opening ceremony of the festival were some of the main activities.
The Ambassador also made arrangements for the next Latin American and Spanish Film Festival (LASFF), which should open in September.
Wellington, February 12. The Cuban Ambassador, Edgardo Valdés, received at his residence the High Commissioner of Niue in New Zealand, H.E, the Honorable Fisa Igilisi Pihigia.
Both had an extensive exchange about the situation in their respective countries and the Pacific Islands Forum.
The Ambassador thanked the High Commissioner for the opportunity to update himself on the situation in Niue, a country to which he will be accredited when conditions allow.
Waitangi, February 5. The Cuban Ambassador attended the celebrations of the national day (Waitangi Day), where he spoke with the Governor-General, Her Excellency, the Right Honorable Dame Patsy Reedy.
The Governor was interested in the progress of Cuban vaccines against COVID 19 and expressed her best wishes for Cuba.
The Ambassador also attended the official ceremony on the field where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840.
Waitangi, February 4. Cuban Ambassador Edgardo Valdés attended the reception offered by the Foreign Minister, the Right Honorable Nanaia Mahuta, on the occasion of the commemoration of Waitangi Day, in the city of the same name.
The Ambassador had the opportunity to greet the Minister and listen to her speech on New Zealand's foreign policy priorities for the next term.
Cuba and New Zealand share positions on numerous issues on the international agenda.
Auckland, January 30. The Cuban Ambassador and Consul Dalila Vazquez held a meeting with members of the solidarity movement with Cuba, including members of its national leadership.
It was an interesting exchange about the situation in Cuba, our help to other countries, and the solidarity we received in New Zealand and in the rest of the world.
An opportunity to thank those who for years have defended our cause.
Rotorua, January 29. Cuban Ambassador Edgardo Valdés met with H.W Steve Chadwick, Mayor of the tourist city Rotorua, to coordinate the celebration of the "Rotorua Cuban Festival" on March 6.
The festival's artistic director, the Cuban dancer Greydis Montero, also participated.
Although this year teachers and dancers from Australia will not be able to attend, everything is ready for a reduced, but equally successful edition of this festival of Afro-Cuban music and dance.
Havana, January 6. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla recognized the support of the international community in favor of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States government against the Caribbean island.
He stated that during 2020, 159 States and 34 international organizations sent messages of support to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, for resolution 74/7 entitled “The necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba”.