11 May 2015

Solomons advocates removal of US sanctions against Cuba

2:43 pm on 11 May 2015

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands says he will be advocating for the complete removal of the United States economic sanctions against Cuba at this year's UN General Assembly.

Manasseh Sogavare made the statement on Friday in a meeting with Cuba's new ambassador to Solomon Islands, Jose Manuel Galego Monatana.

Manasseh Sogavare

Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

Solomon Islands established bilateral relations with Cuba in 2002 the mainstay of which is the free- training of more than one hundred Solomons medical students in Cuba and the attachment of Cuban doctors to Solomon Islands.

Mr Sogavare said he welcomed the US announcement in December last year that it would be easing its restrictions against Cuba and said he would continue to advocate for their total removal at the UN podium.