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Cuba and Fiji to Strengthen Relations

The Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba Mario Alzugaray revealed yesterday that Cuba is willing to offer assistance to Fiji in areas of common interest and strengthen existing diplomatic ties.
02 Apr 2016 11:15
Cuba and Fiji to Strengthen Relations
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou (left), with the Cuban Ambassador Mario Alzugaray at Nasoqo House yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

The Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba Mario Alzugaray revealed yesterday that Cuba is willing to offer assistance to Fiji in areas of common interest and strengthen existing diplomatic ties.

Mr Alzugaray paid a courtesy visit the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou yesterday and had discussions on outstanding sporting agreements and ways Fiji and Cuba can develop relations in areas of youth development.

“Fiji has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cuba in 2012 regarding the recruitment of volleyball and boxing coaches,” Mr Tuitubou said. “It was stalled as both countries are yet to identify an English speaking candidate.

“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 working hard to finalise that this year.”

Mr Tuitubou also asked Mr Alzugaray on youth work in Cuba and possibilities of exchanging in ideas Fiji learning from Cuba’s best practices.

“Cuba has an extensive area and youth programme and we are willing to provide you with information you may require and pursue,” Mr Alzugaray said.

He has also assured the minister that his office in Wellington will assist in providing information to the ministry and also the speeding of processes to securing Fiji’s volleyball and boxing coaches.

 

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