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Cuban First Vice-president Welcomes New Ambassadors

Cuba, November 23, 2009.- The Cuban First Vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, welcomed the new Irish, European, Zambian, and Kenyan ambassadors to Cuba at formal ceremonies held on Saturday, November 21, where the diplomats presented their credentials.

Also taking part in each ceremony was the Head of Protocol Miguel A. Lamazares Puello.

Mr. Eamon Hickey, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Ireland was accompanied by Second Secretary Myles Doherty. On the Cuban side were Deputy Head of Protocol Esther Armenteros Cárdenas, and Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Manuel Blanco Piloto, escort of the Military Center.

Accompanying Ambassador Irene Maria Horejs, head of the Delegation of the Commission of European Communities, were Business Manager p.t.. Javier Niño Pérez. On the Cuban side were Master of Ceremonies of the Protocol Department Carlos Eloy Garcia Trapaga, and Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Gonzalez Exposito, escort of the Military Center.

Mr. Nevers Sekwila Mumba, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Zambia was accompanied by First Secretary Hilda Musunsa. On the Cuban side were Deputy Head of Protocol Hugo Ramos Milanes, and Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Palacio Gonzalez, escort of the Military Center.

Mr. Simon W. Nabukwesi, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Kenya was joined by Deputy Adviser Kennedy Barasa and Second Secretary Salomé Kagosha. On the Cuban side were Head of the Coordinating Office of Protocol and Lieutenant Colonel Eliades Vargas Moraga, escort of the Military Centre.

At the end of each ceremony, the ambassadors and their entourages placed wreaths at the monument of Jose Marti –Cuba’s National hero– in the Revolution Square.


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