Friday, September 07, 2007

Cuba, Uganda to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Havana, Sept 6 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Republic of Uganda, Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya, said on Thursday that his government is interested in boosting collaboration with Cuba, particularly in the field of public health.

Upon arrival in Cuba, Balibaseka expressed satisfaction with his first visit to the Caribbean Island, where he will meet local authorities and will strengthen bilateral ties.

Cuban Higher Education Minister Juan Vela and Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez welcomed the distinguished guest at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

Uganda would benefit from Cuba's support in the healthcare sector, as a result of which one of the best medical schools in the African continent was founded in Uganda, and the country will improve security and sanitary conditions, said Balibaseka.

He expressed admiration for President Fidel Castro, to whom he conveyed salutations from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

The Ugandan vice president told local media that his visit to Cuba would be successful.

We also want to learn how to keep the people's harmony and unity as achieved in Cuba, which is admired in the entire African continent.

Some 124 Ugandan students have graduated in Cuba, and 48 youths from that African country are studying here. In addition, 13 Cuban professors are working in Ugandan universities.

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