New Cuban Ambassador to New Zealand Presents her Credentials
NEW ZEALAND, November 3, 2011.- The new Ambassador of Cuba, Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro, presented her Credentials this morning to the Governor General of New Zealand, H. E. Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
In her words during the ceremony, the Cuban diplomat stressed the good relations existing between Cuba and New Zealand and the similar positions shared by both countries in favor of peace and disarmament. She thanked New Zealand for its sustained support to the Cuban resolution against the blockade in the United Nations General Assembly as an example of this country’s strong commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter and International Law and as a clear sign of its rejection to unilateral measures whose extraterritorial character undermines the sovereignty of States and the freedom of trade and navigation.
On his part, when sending cordial greetings to the Army General Raul Castro, the Governor General highlighted his country's ties with Cuba and agreed that both nations shared many common values. "New Zealand and Cuba are both active participants in the United Nations and we have long supported the UN General Assembly resolution against the economic blockade of Cuba", affirmed the New Zealand dignitary in his official speech to welcome the representative of Cuba. In this context, he also acknowledged Cuba's cooperation in the Pacific, expressing the willingness to share New Zealand’s own experiences with Cuba in relation to neighboring islands.
The ceremony took place at Government House, official residence of Governor General in Wellington, and was preceded by the traditional Maori welcome dance and the inspection of the guard of honor from the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The activity concluded with a luncheon hosted by the Governor General, at which he exchanged with the Cuban official on various topics of interest. (Cubaminrex/Embacuba New Zealand)
Statement by Her Excellency Mrs. María del Carmen Herrera Caseiro, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to New Zealand, on the occasion of the presentation of Credentials to His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Realm of New Zealand. Thrusday 3 November 2011
Muchas gracias por esta cordial bienvenida.
Thank you very much for this warm welcome.
I have the honour to present to you the Letter of Credence which His Excellency Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, has adressed to Your Excellency, accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to New Zealand.
I take this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency the cordial greetings from President Raúl Castro, and to convey, on behalf of the Government and the people of Cuba, our best wishes for prosperity and well-being to New Zealand and its people. Allow me, Your Excellency, to congratulate you and New Zealand for the victory of the “All Blacks” in the Rugby World Cup, a team to which I have become a supporter.
Personally, it is a privilege to be appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to New Zealand, a country with which we share similar positions in favor of peace and disarmament, and with which we maintain good and friendly relations that have been developing throughout the years.
Increasing contacts and exchanges between authorities of both countries, visits to Cuba of high level New Zealand delegations, the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Wellington, as well as the development of mutually convenient trade activities, constitute a demonstration of the reciprocal will of both sides to promote bilateral relations.
Cuba sincerely appreciates New Zealand’s sustained support to the Cuban resolution entitled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” in the United Nations General Assembly. This position shows New Zealand’s strong commitment to the United Nations Charter and International Law, as well as its rejection of unilateral measures whose extraterritorial character undermines the sovereignty of States and the freedom of trade and navigation.
Allow me to conclude by assuring you that in the discharge of my duties I will spare no effort to further strengthen the existing friendship and the relations between our two nations, by promoting cooperation and exchanges in all fields and advancing our common goals of peace and prosperity. I am confident that Your Excellency and the Government of New Zealand will extend the kindest support to me for the successful fulfilment of my mission.
TENA KOUTOU, TENA TATOU KATOA
I thank you