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Underdevelopment, Insular States Main Obstacle, Cuban Deputy FM (+Photos)

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Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra. Photo: Prensa Latina.Yaren, Sep 4.- Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra said here on Tuesday that small island states have underdevelopment as the main obstacle to their economic and social progress.

Sierra, who participates in the 49th Pacific Islands Forum that takes place in the Republic of Nauru, commented on the social network Twitter that this impediment was inherited from an unjust international economic order and unsustainable consumption and production models.

He also urged the Paris Agreement on climate change to be implemented without delay and without renegotiation, which, he said, is the result of more than 10 years of negotiations.

In fact, the small islands of the Pacific are among the most vulnerable states to this challenge that puts the survival of humanity at risk.

As part of its activities, Sierra met yesterday with the president of Nauru, Baron Waqa, at a meeting where the commitment to continue developing cooperation in the area of health was highlighted.

He also spoke with the Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea, Rimbik Pato, and met the interests of the authorities of the African nation to continue the development of relations with the Caribbean country.

The Cuban deputy foreign minister also attended a forum called Meeting of Partners, where he expressed the support of Cuba in the construction of a strong Pacific and also shared with the medical brigade of 15 specialists that provide services in Nauru.

On Monday, the 49th forum, the main event in the Pacific region, was inaugurated, which brings together 14 small island states, as well as observers and dialogue partners, a condition that the island has held since 2013.

Within the framework of the event, Sierra has spoken with leaders and high officials, such as the President of Micronesia, Peter Christian, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Rick Houenipwela, the Minister of State of Palau, Faustina Rehuher Marugg, and the Foreign Minister of Marshall Islands, John Silk.