His Excellency Carlos Manuel Rojas Lago Presents Credentials to President Christian

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On February 25th 2019, His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), met with His Excellency Carlos Manuel Rojas Lago to receive his Presentation of Credentials as the first accredited ambassador from the Republic of Cuba to the Nation.

“We want to thank you for travelling to visit us,” said President Christian. “It’s been awhile since I met the Cuban Ambassador to New Zealand in [Papua New Guinea]…. We talked about establishing relations, and so here we are. This is historic for us; we’ve been wanting to accomplish this for a long time. Thank you very much and welcome to the FSM.”

Continuing, President Christian said “You have your own political interests, some are like ours and some are not; we have our own interests, and we push for some global issues that are different than the way you push yours…but the point is to foster better human treatment of people by our governments.”

Among other issues, President Christian and Ambassador Lago discussed the ongoing situation in Venezuela. President Christian emphasized that his primary concern in that country is “that there are children who need help,” and so he requested that Ambassador Lago convey this message to the people and Government of Cuba.

“We’re hoping,” said President Christian, “that after we establish this higher-level relationship that we might…have our Department of Health and our Department of Education approach your government for assistance in development of our capacity to deliver services.” 

“I have with me a draft proposal for cooperation for medical services,” said Ambassador Lago. “It’s with me now.”

“I look forward to our [Department of Health & Social Affairs] aggressively pursuing…the possibility of Cuba coming out to look at our diabetes program…there’s a lot to be done,” President Christian said.

The FSM is committed towards developing positive and peaceful relations with all countries throughout the world, and looks forward to this historic new partnership with the Republic of Cuba.

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