The U.S. State of Georgia looks forward to more engagement with Cuba

Third Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the United States, Yanet Pumariega, visited Atlanta (Georgia) on 2-3 December. The diplomat had the opportunity to meet with several officials there and to talk about the potentialities for and mutual benefits of improving bilateral relations between Cuba and the United States.

Pumariega was received by the Lieutenant Governor of the State, Mr. Geoff Duncan, and had a very professional and fruitful exchange on ways to move forward.

In the past, several companies from the State of Georgia benefitted from licenses granted to sell foodstuffs to Cuba, which has been limited now by a series of measures taken by the current Administration. In 2015, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta led a group of business leaders, academics and government officials to Cuba and noted endless opportunities for a two-way trade and exchanges with Cuba.

The meeting with officials of the State Department of Agriculture reaffirmed their interest in further expanding trade opportunities in Cuba, which is considered the “gateway” of the Caribbean Sea and realized that Georgia is behind other markets just because of the obsolete U.S. policy affecting their own interest.

During the visit, Pumariega also met with the Chairman of the Fulton County Commission, Robb Pitts, and the Board commissioners who coincided on a variety of areas available for mutual benefits such as joint research and the sharing of best practices in education, health and human services.

Image (From left to right): Commissioner Bob Ellis, Chairman Robb Pitts, Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega, Commissioners Natalie Hall, Lizz Hausman and Joe Carn.

The City of Atlanta Director of International Affairs, Vanessa Ibarra, also noted the existing potential for collaboration between the City and Cuba in the areas of culture, tourism and technology. Atlanta is the hometown of several companies with huge business opportunities in Cuba and of others that have been affected by the current U.S. policy, like Delta Airlines.

Image (From left to right): Atlanta City Global Engagement Officer Paulina Guzmán, Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega and Atlanta City Director of International Affairs, Vanessa Ibarra.

During a friendly meeting with State representatives and senators, it was recognized that there is plenty of room for cooperation that would benefit both their districts and Cuba. Also recognized were the outcomes that Cuba shows in health and education such as the literacy, maternal health and infant mortality rates.

Image (From left to right): Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Georgia, Terry Coleman, Representative EI-Mahdi Holly, Senator Sheikh Rahman, Third Secretary Yanet Pumariega, Representatives and Gregg Kennard and Shelly Hutchinson.

This visit Georgia, like those to other states, has once again confirmed that the current policy of the U.S. government attempts against the interest of the majority of the U.S. citizens in more engagement with Cuba.

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The Final: Georgia vs Cuba!

Cuba needed extra-time to beat brave and excellent team of Bulgaria. In the beginning Cubans were in front 9:2 and the result of the first half was 20:14, but perhaps, for this reason islanders relaxed after the break and the game ended 32:32.

After extra time the result of the match was 39:36. Cuba won.

Men of the match were Magnol Suarez (Cuba,GK) and Svetlin Dimitrov (Bulgaria,RW)

Magnol Suarez: We’re not so satisfied because we weren’t ready for today’s game, we will work harder for tomorrow and I hope to win the championship.

Nicola Karastoyanov, Coach of Bulgaria: I think we made a poor start with many misshots from 6 metres, it was very diffficult to play against the team like Cuba. One thing I’m really satisfied with my players is that they kept fighting till the end of the game and that’s the positive side, but as the negative- we can’t allow our team to play so poorly in the first half of the semi-finals. I think we should work more on our mental stability.

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In the semifinals Georgia will meet Great Britain

After four games, Georgia and Bulgaria were already semi-finalists, but they had to decide who would take first place in Group B. This was important for the determination of semi-final pairs. Georgia defeated Bulgaria 35:19 and on saturday, June 15 will meet Great Britain. In turn, Bulgaria will play against Cuba. Thus, Georgia gained 10 points from 5 games and finished first in group B.

On June 15 at 14:00 GMT Georgia will play against Great Britain and at 16:00 GMT Cuba will meet Bulgaria.


The Bulgarians played on a par with the tournament hosts at the beginning of the game, but after the 18th minute the difference in the score began to grow.

Best players of the match were Temur Orjonikidze (LB, Georgia) and Stefan Dimitrov (GK, Bulgaria).

Nikola Karastoyanov, Coach of Bulgaria: First of all I’d like to congratulate my players, they played very well, both in the first half and the second. They have very good players. We tried to fight in the firt half but at the end of it, I decided to play lighter, because we have a very tough game coming up in semi-final, that’s why I gave them a break in the second half. The reason we lost in the first half is that we made too many technical mistakes, we’ll try to make less in next games.

Nikola Maksimovic, Coach of Georgia: First 15 minutes we didn’t play so well, but then second 15 minutes in the first half we played excellent in defence, we stopped their strong points and it was enough to make good results till the end of the first half. Their strong point were right wing, middle back and right back, we stopped them after 15 minutes and they don’t have substitution, so when they put second line up we finished our job easily. We will come prepeard for the strongest opponent in Semi-final.

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Parliament of Georgia Reiterate Friendship, Solidarity with Cuba

Georgian deputy Guguli Magradze reiterated the solidarity and friendship of her people with Cuba, by receiving here the ambassador of the island in this nation, Alfredo Nieves Portuondo, diplomatic sources reported today.

The vice president of the Committee of Education, Science and Culture of the Georgian Parliament and head of the Friendship with Cuba Group expressed satisfaction with the contacts with the Cuban mission and considered it important to strengthen ties with Cuban counterparts.

In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the diplomat asked Guguli to convey to his colleagues in Parliament the gratitude of the Cuban people for their support in the fight against the economic blockade.

Likewise, both parties recognized the potential that exists to promote cultural, economic, commercial, educational and scientific relations between Georgia and Cuba.

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