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The Work of the Cuban Embassies in the World

Jan 25 , 2024

The Cuban embassies are a diplomatic institution with the most important functions in terms of the representation of the country outside of its borders. Cuba is present in hundreds of countries around the world, in all continents, with this type of institution, and in each of these countries the embassies fulfil certain functions, depending on how relations between the diplomatic bodies are managed.

Cuban embassies operate according to the regulations and directives of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cuban government, with the aim of regulating and protecting Cuba’s interests in the global context. Although the specifics of this work are determined by bilateral relations, common interests and the specific conditions in each country, the Cuban embassy, as a diplomatic representation, usually fulfils certain functions.

Description of the general work of Cuban embassies around the world

Diplomatic mission

This is the main function of an embassy of any country in the world. This involves managing official diplomatic relations with the receiving country. This also applies to international organisations in which Cuba participates and which have their headquarters in that country.

Promoting bilateral relations

The promotion, reinforcement and diversification of bilateral relations between Cuba and the host country in a number of different areas is one of the implicit functions of Cuba’s diplomatic missions. This includes all political, economic, cultural, educational and commercial links.

Consular protection and assistance

One of the main functions of Cuban embassies around the world is to provide consular services to Cuban citizens in the host country:

  • Passport issuance
  • Help in an emergency
  • Migration issues
  • Registration of births and deaths
  • Providing advice to the Cuban community, whether they are resident in the country or not.

Promotion of culture and education

Cuban embassies help to promote the culture of the island in other parts of the world. This is achieved by organising artistic and cultural events, conferences or exchanges between Cuban culture and that of the country where the diplomatic mission is located.

International negotiation and representation

Through its embassies, Cuba participates in bilateral or multilateral negotiations, international forums and other events to represent Cuba’s interests on issues such as global politics, human rights, trade, science, technology and international cooperation.

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