Dili – The Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, received on Thursday the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Marcelino Medina, who is on a working visit to that country.
Earlier, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs held a meeting with the head of State and the Council of Ministers of that Asian country, Hermenegildo Augusto Cabral.
During the exchange, both officials discussed the excellent state of bilateral relations and expressed their will to consolidate cooperation links, especially in the area of public health, according to diplomatic sources. They also verified the potential to extend bilateral ties in other areas of mutual interest.
Medina arrived in Timor Leste from Russia and New Zealand. His stay in Dili will last until Friday morning and then he will continue his tour on Australia and Spain.
Cuba was the second country in the world, after China, to recognize Timor Leste after its independence from Indonesia in 2002.
Since then both nations have fostered a strong bond of friendship that includes agreements for the training of Timorese doctors on the Caribbean island. (rly/tac/mem/ipf)