conforming to a familiar pattern, Castro announced that Cuba is prepared to send up to 300 doctors to East Timor, in addition to the 65 already there.
This year, more East Timorese students will join the hundreds already studying medicine in Cuba. The Cuban government, will also send literacy specialists to East Timor to assist with literacy campaigns. According to the December 14th issue of the Cuban paper “Granma”, Alkatiri called Cuba an “example of solidarity, providing lessons for the world with its selfless assistance”.
Speaking to Prensa Latina, Amude Alkatiri highlighted the health collaboration and aid received from Cuba and urged increased ties in agriculture and energy, among other fields.
East Timor established diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2002, right after gaining independence from Indonesia.