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Cuba and East Timor to strengthen relations


HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 15 (ACN) Cuba and East Timor agreed today to strengthen bilateral relations in cultural matters, said the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its official website, Cubaminrex.

According to the report, the Cuban ambassador to that Southeast Asian country, Omar Marrero, held a meeting today with Teofilo Caldas, Secretary of State for Arts and Culture.
During the meeting, they took up several of the issues addressed earlier by Marrero in his meeting with the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, and ratified the mutual will to promote cooperation in this field.
The Cuban ambassador reaffirmed Cuba's willingness to consolidate cooperation in this sector, which he defined as of vital importance for the comprehensive development of society.
Meanwhile, Caldas recalled that in 2011 Cuban specialists carried out a survey in nine of the 13 districts of East Timor, confirming the enormous potential and cultural wealth of that country.
He added that later on, 15 young Timorese were trained at the National Arts School of Cuba, who today work in East Timor as cultural promoters.
Both nations maintain good bilateral relations, which are strengthened mainly through cultural exchange.
Mutual cooperation dates from 2003, with Cuba being the second country to establish this link with East Timor; the step was taken with a group of Cuban doctors sent there at the initiative of Fidel Castro, historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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