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East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao expressed on Thursday his gratitude for the Cuban medical and education cooperation in his nation and pleaded for its continued development and expansion to other fields.

While receiving the credentials of Ramon Hernandez Vazquez, first Cuban ambassador to this nation, Gusmao warmly recognized that the island has sent over 280 medical staff members to help out.

He also appreciated that the Caribbean nation offered scholarships to 508 East Timorese youngsters, technical cooperation to train 60 students in medicine in the Asian state and teachers to eradicate illiteracy.

The president lamented his absence at the 14th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement in Havana and sincerely wished President Fidel Castro a swift recovery.

In addition, Gusmao reaffirmed the willingness of his people and government to foster friendship, cooperation and solidarity ties with Cuba.

Source: Prensa Latina

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