Suva, July 30. The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez sent a congratulatory message to his counterpart from the Republic of Vanuatu, Tallis Obed Moses, as today marked the 40th anniversary of the independence of that South Pacific island State.
In the letter, President Díaz-Canel reiterated Cuba's will to continue expanding and strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla also conveyed their cordial congratulations, in two messages sent to their counterparts in Port Vila.
Cuba was one of the first countries to actively support, from the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, the right to self-determination and independence of Vanuatu. Both nations established diplomatic relations in 1981 and have developed joint cooperation programs, mainly in the training of professionals and comprehensive health care, based on the presence of Cuban Medical Brigades in that Pacific Island.