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Grenada Accepts Cuban Ambassador

October 3, 2002

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ Grenada accepted the first Cuban ambassador to this Caribbean island in nearly two decades as the two countries re-establish diplomatic relations, the government said.

Humberto Rivero Rosario, 52, a Cuban diplomat serving in Grenada for the past three years, became ambassador Tuesday after presenting his credentials to Governor General Daniel Williams.

Grenada has not yet named an ambassador to Cuba but Prime Minister Keith Mitchell is expected to do so next week, government spokeswoman Nancy McGuire said Wednesday.

The diplomatic exchange with Cuba comes two weeks after Grenada renewed ties with Russia.

Former Premier Maurice Bishop, who was Marxist, originally established relations with Cuba and the Soviet Union in 1979. He was overthrown by a 1983 military coup that triggered a U.S. invasion to restore order.

Under pressure from the United States, Grenada then severed diplomatic ties with both Cuba and the Soviet Union.

In 1992, Grenada re-established ties with Cuba, which provided assistance in building the Point Salines International Airport. Cuba also funded scholarships for Grenadian students studying at Cuban universities.

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