Timor Leste Makes Hurricane Relief Donation
to Cuba

Official Welcoming Ceremony of East Timor President on Friday


also Timor Leste Makes Hurricane Relief Donation
to Cuba, "I congratulate you on your efforts to protect human lives"

Official Welcoming Ceremony of East Timor President on Friday

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 5 (acn) The official welcoming ceremony of the
President of East Timor, Jose Ramos Horta, takes place on Friday at the
Palace of the Revolution in the Cuban capital.

Ramos Horta, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, arrived in Havana
last Wednesday for an official visit at the invitation of Cuban
President Raul Castro.

On Friday morning, the distinguished visitor will also place a floral
wreath at the monument of Cuban National Hero Jose Marti in the
Revolution Square in Havana.

Currently, 231 Cuban doctors and other health professionals are working
in East Timor, 36 professors serve as advisors to that country’s
literacy campaign, and nearly 700 youths from this Asian nation are
studying medicine in Cuba.

During his stay in Cuba, Ramos Horta will hold official talks with Raul
Castro and with other government authorities. He will also visit places
of economic and historic interest.

Ramos Horta will conclude his visit next Tuesday.


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GRANMA
September 5, 2008

Timor Leste Makes Hurricane Relief Donation to Cuba

Xanana Gusmao, prime minister of Timor Leste,
told the television news in his country that the
Council of Ministers decided to donate the sum of
US $500,000 to Cuba to contribute to the recovery from Hurricane Gustav.

The prime minister said that solidarity with
other nations is a stated principle in the
country's constitution. He offered data on the
magnitude of the damage including the school for
Timor Leste students on the Isla de la Juventud.
He added that the hurricane was considered the biggest in the last 50
years.

Cuba welcomed the moving gesture from Timor
Leste, a small third world country with limited
resources that expressed its feelings of
fraternity and encourages the internationalist
spirit promoted by the Cuban Revolution.

The president Timor Leste, Jose Ramos Horta, is
currently in Cuba on an official visit until September 9.






President of Timor Leste in Havana

"I congratulate you on your efforts to protect human lives"

By Arnaldo Musa

"AT this very difficult time, I bring friendship
and solidarity for the Cuban people, who have
always supported our struggle for independence
and self-determination," affirmed José Ramos
Horta, president of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste.

On his arrival yesterday afternoon in Havana, the
president said that although his country is very
poor, it is going to help Cuba in its recovery
after the onslaught of Hurricane Gustav.

"I congratulate you on your efforts to protect
human lives. Not one was lost, when in other
places, the losses would have been in the hundreds," he noted.

Ramos Horta, whose visit responds to an official
invitation from President Raúl Castro, received a
cordial welcome from Health Minister José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera.

The visiting president said Cuba's doctors are
the real missionaries of peace in his country
and, in this context, also highlighted the
island’s notable cooperation in the education
sphere and predicted that this cooperation could
be extended to the fields of alternative energy sources and sports.

During his stay in Cuba until next Tuesday, Ramos
Horta will hold official talks with Raúl Castro
and other leaders, and tour places of economic,
historical and cultural interest.

Translated by Granma International


http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2008/septiembre/juev4/Timor.html
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