Diplomacy: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met with Cuban ambassador Oscar Israel Martinez Cordovez yesterday.

In his meeting with the Cuban ambassador, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay acknowledged the progress in education, the health care system and conservation of environment in Cuba. Lyonchoen said that Bhutan and Cuba must work together and show the world that there is a better alternative. “Health care must be free, it’s a human right,” Lyonchoen said.

The ambassador said: “The most important thing for human beings is life, to have life, we need health care.”

Lyonchoen also offered his condolences on the passing away of the late President Fidel Castro Ruz. Lyonchoen said that Fidel Castro was an inspirational leader and a tall international figure and will be remembered for the legacy he has left behind.

Lyonchoen also thanked the government and people of Cuba for providing scholarships to Bhutanese students to study medicine and for fielding Cuban medical personnel to Bhutan and added that they were very resourceful in addressing the shortage of doctors in the country.

Oscar Israel Martinez Cordovez  is the second non-resident Ambassador of Cuba to Bhutan, stationed in New Delhi, India.

The relationship between Bhutan and Cuba developed since 1979 when His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo visited Havana to attend the 6th NAM Summit.  Bhutan and the Republic of Cuba established formal diplomatic relations in September 2011.

Staff reporter