Subject: 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 countryâ€™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.
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 countryâ€™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