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Cuba and Fiji to strengthen relations

Cuba is willing to offer assistance to Fiji in areas of common interest and strengthen existing diplomatic ties. This was highlighted by the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba His Excellency Mario Alzugaray while paying a courtesy visit to Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou yesterday. Minister Tuitupou said that the meeting […]

Department of Information

April 2, 2016 10:47 am

Cuba is willing to offer assistance to Fiji in areas of common interest and strengthen existing diplomatic ties.

This was highlighted by the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba His Excellency Mario Alzugaray while paying a courtesy visit to Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou yesterday.

Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou greets Cuba Ambassador His Excellency Mario Alzugaray at Nasoqo House today
Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou greets Cuba Ambassador His Excellency Mario Alzugaray at Nasoqo House yesterday. (DEPTFO)

Minister Tuitupou said that the meeting also provided an opportunity for discussions on outstanding sporting agreements and ways Fiji and Cuba can develop relations in areas of youth development.

Fiji signed a MOU with Cuba in 2012 regarding the recruitment of volleyball and boxing coaches, but the MoU was stalled as both countries are yet to indentidy an English-speaking candidate the Minister for Youth and Sports said.

There are some other legal contractual obligations Fiji is still to meet so we can go ahead and bring the Cuban coach to Fiji and we are working hard to finalise that this year.

Minister Tuitubou and HE Alzugaray also discussed youth work in Cuba and possibilities of exchanging ideas in which Fiji could learn from Cuba’s best practices.

Ambassador Alzugaray told Minister Tuitubou that Cuba has an extensive area and youth program and Cuba is willing to provide Fiji with information the Minister may require and pursue.

He has also assured Minister Tuitubou that his office in Wellington will assist in providing information to the ministry and also speed up processes to securing Fiji’s volleyball and boxing coaches.

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