Auckland, October 7th, 2019. As part of the farewell presentation by Cuban Ambassador Mario Alzugaray Rodríguez, members of the Auckland Cuba Friendship Society (ACFS) condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the Island for almost 60 years.
During the exchange, the Cuban diplomat addressed the current state of relations between Cuba and the United States, with special emphasis on the resurgence of the blockade, the impact and scope of this policy and the latest measures taken by the current US administration, highlighting that the blockade constitutes the main obstacle to the development of normal business and commercial relations between Cuba and New Zealand.
On the other hand, Cuba's friends reiterated their rejection and condemnation of the blockade and escalation in the US economic war against Cuba, while ratifying their solidarity and support for the Cuban people.
In order to deny the slanderous campaigns of the United States against Cuban medical cooperation, which seek to denigrate the work of Cuban doctors, Ambassador Alzugaray also underlined the presence of almost 30,000 health professionals of the island in 65 countries, willing to provide its services anywhere in the world, especially to the most needy and with less resources. He also stressed that Cuban medical collaboration has been present in 164 countries and more than 400 thousand professionals on a freely voluntary basis, have often served in remote locations.
Referring to the Pacific region, the Ambassador accentuated the importance that Cuba attaches to medical cooperation with the Pacific Islands, stressing the presence of collaborators in Kiribati, Nauru, and Vanuatu, as well as the young people of the Pacific Islands that are attending studies associated with medicine in Cuban universities. He also pointed out the importance of the agreement signed between Cuba and New Zealand for the training in English of Cuban doctors who will provide their services in that region. (Embacuba NZ)