From the Communist party of Australia’s Guardian 7.6.06
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi has reiterated his full confidence that Cuba will successfully assume the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and will continue the task of revitalising it.
The Prime Minister made these statements during his meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque shortly after the official inauguration here of the Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Coordination Bureau.
Badawi had words of affection and praise for President Fidel Castro and expressed his satisfaction at his being able to once again lead the Movement during a complex international situation.
The Cuban Minister had previously held a fraternal meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, and together they reviewed preparations for the upcoming NAM Summit, as well the progress of the current Ministerial Meeting.