Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Colombian Official Says Relations with Cuba Based on Respect

Cuban News Agency

Havana, Oct 22 (acn) Colombian foreign minister, Fernando Araujo, said relations with Cuba are developing in a climate of respect, fraternity and cooperation.

During a ceremony in honor to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Revolution Square Memorial, Araujo said this visit to Cuba is aimed at strengthening the bonds between the two nations.

He emphasized that even though the two countries have different social models, both governments are engaged in joint projects for mutual cooperation.

Araujo mentioned the Cuba-Venezuela-led eye treatment project, known as Operation Miracle. He noted that more than 700 Colombians have recovered their vision thanks to the program.

Likewise, 42,000 people from the South American country have learned how to read and write after the implementation of the Cuban literacy method Yo Si Puedo (Yes I can).

In addition, nearly 60 Cubans are also collaborating in areas such as construction, culture, sports and the sugar industry.

The Colombian Foreign Minister is expected to meet his Cuban counterpart Felipe Perez Roque Monday afternoon. They will confer on the state of bilateral relations and discuss topics of interest concerning national, regional and international events.

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