On November 22, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited the first non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Palau during a presentation of credentials ceremony held at the Office of the President’s Satellite Office in Meyuns.


In speaking to the press on Wednesday, President Remengesau stated that this was a historic event.  “Normally establishing diplomatic relations are executed between high level ministers such as Ministry of State.  The signing of the document establishing diplomatic relationship between Cuba and Palau was signed Cuba’s President Raul Castro.  This is first such document signed personally by President Raul Castro,” stated President Remengesau.

President Remengesau expressed his gratitude to the Government of Cuba for extending its medical scholarship program to Palau where 10 young Palauan men and women are currently pursuing their respective degrees in the medical field. He further expressed Palau’s commitment to work closely with the Cuban Government on important issues of mutual concern.

Palau which had voted for many years with United States at the United Nations against UN Resolution condemning embargo against Cuba, voted in support of the UN Resolution condemning embargo against Cuba.

Ambassador Lago has served in the Cuban Foreign Service for more than 20 years. He is accredited to the Republic of Palau with residence in Suva, Fiji. [/restrict]