Ambassador-designate Carlos Manuel Rojas Lago began his visit with a courtesy call on the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade Michael Aroi, and was then received by the Commissioner of Police Corey Caleb for the playing of the national anthems and inspection of the Police Guard of Honour.
Later, Ambassador Lago was escorted to the Office of the President for the presentation of Credentials.
President Waqa welcomed Ambassador Lago to Nauru, reaffirming the friendship between Nauru and Cuba, and his desire to strengthen that friendship and grow the two countries’ mutual cooperation and respect.
This afternoon Ambassador Lago will pay courtesy visits on the Speaker of Parliament Cyril Buramen MP, and Cabinet Ministers, before attending a dinner hosted by President Waqa at the Meneñ Hotel this evening.
Ambassador Lago arrived in Nauru yesterday afternoon, meeting with Secretary for Health Rayong Itsimaera at the Republic of Nauru hospital where a team of Cuban health practitioners are engaged.
Ambassador Lago has university qualifications in both journalism and international political relations from the University of Havana.
Since 1996 he has spent the majority of his career in foreign affairs, serving in a variety of posts in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Namibia as well as Indonesia and Kiribati. He became Cuban Ambassador to Fiji in 2017.
Ambassador Lago will depart Nauru in the early hours of tomorrow morning, 16 November.