Nicaraguan government appoints new ambassador to Cuba after approving free visa for Cubans

The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, designated this Thursday as new ambassador to Cuba to its Minister Adviser for Policies and International Affairs, Sidharta Francisco Marín Aráuz, just three days from the surprise decree of free visa for Cuban citizens.

According to two presidential agreements published by The Gazette. Official diary, Marín Aráuz, who previously served as Nicaraguan permanent representative to the UN, replaces Luis Cabrera Gonzalez, who served in the position for almost 15 years, reported the newspaper The Press.

Marín Aráuz was also his country’s ambassador in Ecuador, cultural attaché in consular functions in Peru, concurrent in Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, and later, in charge of business in Lima. He was also in charge of the General Secretariat of the Financial Administrative Directorate of the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cabrera González, a journalist of Argentine origin but nationalized from Nicaragua, was appointed ambassador to Cuba in 2007, after Ortega’s return to power and the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the island’s regime.

According to a portal note Article 66Before his appointment, he maintained close ties with Sandinismo; Since 1993 he was the representative of the Sandinista Front in Cuba, and also, he was the official journalist of the Voice of Nicaragua, a medium of the regime.

The appointment of the new ambassador becomes official three days after the Nicaraguan government established the free visa for Cubans, with the supposed “purpose of promoting commercial exchange, tourism and humanitarian family relations”.

In force since November 22, the disposition of the Ministry of the Interior exempts Cuban nationals who wish to enter Nicaragua from arguing the reasons for travel to the country and from paying a tourist visa, which since 2019 allowed a stay of 30 days, extendable to 90.

According to the entity, the decision was made due to the high demand for visa applications made by Cubans with relatives in the Central American nation, although the number of requests was not specified. According to data published in 2019 by the UN, until that date there were 985 Cubans in Nicaragua.

Cuba and Nicaragua have strengthened their diplomatic relations since the 76-year-old Ortega returned to rule the Central American country in 2007. His first term lasted from 1979 to 1990.

Last Saturday, Cuba applauded the Decision of the Nicaraguan regime to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS), after the hemispheric body considered the elections of November 7 illegitimate, in which the president Daniel Ortega was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term.

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