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Cuban parliament president welcomes Timor Leste's prime minister
Prensa Latina - October 8, 2015
His first official visit to Cuba has particular significance given the brotherly ties that unite the nations and it will contribute to expand the friendship and cooperation relations between them, Lazo said.
Lazo also recalled that despite the geographical distance, both countries are united by the historical struggle of their peoples for Independence and acknowledged Timor Leste's independence, achieved in 2002.
Bilateral ties are in their best moment, said Lazo as he stressed the mutual objectives in relation with increasingly promoting cooperation in all possible areas to contribute to the nationsb?V economic and social development.
He also thanked Timor Leste's support to the fight for the release of the Cuban Five – who were unjustly imprisoned in the United States and are now back in their homeland – and the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed to the island by Washington for the last fifty years.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister voiced his gratitude for all the support and solidarity extended by Cuba, even before the country's independence.
Maria de Araujo thanked the cooperation programs carried out in the country, with more than 196 thousand nationals being taught how to read and write by using the Cuban educational method "Yes, I Can", 800 doctors being trained in Cuba and more than a thousand Cuban collaborators working in different sectors, especially in health care, education and agriculture.