Cuban Ambassador on a mission of celebration and cooperation
Words MAXMILIAN WECHSLER
His Excellency Héctor Conde Almeida, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Thailand and Myanmar, began his term officially in April 2017 and has since become a familiar figure in the Bangkok diplomatic community. His CV clearly shows his excellent professional qualifications, with personal qualities to match. Mr Almeida comes across as a man with a deep knowledge of world affairs who is also very easy to get on with. The charm was on full display at the reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution held on January 29, 2018. The annual reception has become one of the most anticipated events on the diplomatic calendar.
The Cuban Embassy may not be as imposing as the sprawling diplomatic compounds on Wireless Road, but it has a personal touch that makes it no less impressive. Large photos of former President Fidel Castro, his brother and former President Raúl Castro and current President Miguel Díaz-Canel adorn the walls. Colorful brochures in Spanish and English are available to visitors.
The Ambassador’s residence is nearby, situated in a quiet neighborhood off Sukhumvit Road. Some of the photos on these pages were taken there. The ambassador’s wife, Thelma Alina Picans Esnard, who also works at the embassy, prepared breakfast for everyone.