Affairs

Diplomacy

Diplomacy Briefing— Wellington

Preface

We meet José Luís Robaína García, Cuba's ambassador to New Zealand, for the first on our new series on diplomacy. We also look at the "diplomatic pouch", that slightly quaint method of shipping secret documents.

Cuban embassy, David Broomfield, José Luís Robaína García, Wellington

THE AMBASSADORS NO. 01

Our man from Havana

New Zealand [CUBAN EMBASSY]

Preface In the first of our ambassador series, we visit the Cuban embassy in New Zealand, an unlikely, windswept outpost for a Latin American diplomat.

In 2007, a modest white villa in Wellington’s sleepy Embassy Row became a most unexpected addition to New Zealand’s diplomatic scene. Cuba had established its first embassy in Australasia.

It was uncharted territory. “I didn’t know anything about this region,” admits His Excellency José Luís Robaína García, a former journalist and…

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