Havana, Cuba, Dec 14.- The President of the Republic of Kiribati, Anote Tong, paid tribute on Monday to Cuba’s National Hero Jose Marti, as part of the activities of his official visit to Cuba.
Accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez, the 58 head of state placed a wreath by the bust honoring the 20th century politician, intellectual and thinker at the Memorial named after him, located at Revolution Square.
After the ceremony, the distinguished visitor, who is also his country’s Foreign Minister, toured the different halls of the Memorial, where he received detailed information on the life, work and struggles of the apostle of Cuba’s independence.
The beginning of relations between Havana and that archipelago of 33 islands in the Pacific Ocean date back to September 2, 2002, the year in which it also established relations with Nauru and Tonga, as well as with the Fiji, Solomon and Cook islands.
Since 2006 to date, 23 Cuban health professionals have worked in that nation of the Pacific Ocean, giving 308,712 consultations in that period.
Since 2007, 33 youngsters from that archipelago are studying on the Caribbean island, 31 of them to become physicians.
Many of the 917,000 inhabitants of Kiribati are also benefited by Cuba’s cooperation in the field of education.
The head of state of the 811 square-kilometer insular country, who visited Havana in 2008 and arrived in Cuba on Saturday after participating in the Summit on Climate Change held in Cancun, Mexico, said he was “eager to hold exchanges with Cuban authorities."
Also known as the Conference of the Parties (COP 16), the event, which opened its doors on November 29 at the Mexican beach resort, ended on Friday without realistic agreements, which was warned by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez while addressing participants in the meeting.
Kiribati and the remaining insular states of the Pacific consider their future seriously threatened by global warming and the subsequent increase of the sea level. (acn)