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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA2707
2008-12-12 02:47
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS AND WHA/CCA (DMCFARLAND)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/12/2018
TAGS: ETRD ETTC PREL RP CU
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES-CUBA TIES ARE MINIMAL

REF: STATE 126578

Classified By: Economic Counselor Larry Memmott, reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

¶1. (C) Below are Post’s responses to Department’s questions
about Philippine economic policies and actions with respect
to Cuba. The following paragraphs are keyed to the points in
paragraph 5 of reftel:

¶A. (U) The Philippine government is an active proponent of
democracy and human rights, and a valued regional and global
partner of the United States in advancing those causes. Post
is not aware of any public statements or actions on the part
of the Philippine government in connection with Cuba.

¶B. (U) The Philippine government has not issued any public
statements on human rights issues in Cuba, nor has the
Philippine Congress adopted any relevant legislation or
resolutions.

¶C. (U) The most recent high-level diplomatic visit between
the Philippines and Cuba was President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo’s attendance at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
in Havana in September 2006. The previous high-level visit
was that of the Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister to Manila in
September 2001.

¶D. (U) Post is not aware of any investments in Cuba by
Philippine businesses, nor of participation by Philippine
businesses in the Havana Trade Fair of November 2008.

¶E. (U) The Philippines and Cuba do not have any bilateral
trade agreements. In September 2001, the Philippine Chamber
of Commerce and Industry signed an agreement with its Cuban
counterpart, but no activities have been undertaken under
this agreement. In June 2007, the Philippines and Cuba
signed a two-year agreement to promote cooperation in
science, culture and the arts, and sports, but Post is not
aware of any specific initiatives arising from this agreement.

¶F. (SBU) There are no formal academic exchange programs or
scholarships between the Philippines and Cuba. The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs reports that four Filipino medical
students maintain consular registrations with the Philippine
embassy in Havana. There is no Cuban-paid medical travel,
nor are there Cuban doctors working here. The Government of
Cuba approached the Philippine government in 2007 offering a
medical exchange program, but the Philippines did not reply
formally.
KENNEY

   

 

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