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Cuba and Sri Lanka Strengthen Cooperation

Posted: 2008-12-16
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Cuba and Sri Lanka agreed to explore new fields and to strengthen already existing cooperation ties in the sectors of health and trade during an intergovernmental meeting held over the weekend in Havana.

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 15 (acn) During the First Session for Cooperation between Cuba and Sri Lanka, Cuban Deputy Minister for Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation Ramon Ripoll expressed both countries’ interest in increasing bilateral economic relations.

He added that, in spite of the devastation caused by hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma recently - which left more than $10 billion in economic losses - Cuba will fulfil its commitments and will maintain its solidarity with the Third World.

Ripoll also gave the visitors detailed information about Washington’s almost fifty-year-old economic, financial and trade blockade of Cuba.

For his part, Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Hussein Bhaila said that Cuba is an example for the rest of the world due to its solidarity with underdeveloped countries.

“Sri Lanka has benefited from the support, experience and generous contribution of Cuba in the fields of education and public health, including the control of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever,” he stressed.

The visitor expressed Sri Lanka’s interest in importing biotechnological products from Cuba to fight tropical diseases and also in learning about Cuba’s experience in the prevention of natural disasters.
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