New Cuban envoy optimistic about more cordial relations with Pakistan


Pak youth highly value Cuban medical scholarships

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—New ambassador of Cuba Gabriel Tiel Capote on Thursday said Cuba and Pakistan were enjoying good relations and the friendship between the two took a new impetus particularly in thw wake of 2005 earthquake that hit Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan’s northern area.
The ambassador was addressing a ceremony that was organized by Pak-Cuba Social Forum with the collaboration of the Embassy of Cuba to introduce the new ambassador with the media and fellow diplomats.
“Though Pak-Cuba ties were established in 1955 and after 60 years of bilateral relations these ties are further strengthened,” said he.
Highlight different spheres of bilateral relations between the two countries he said that Cuban nation would stand with Pakistani people as they stood in 2005 earthquake incident. At that time Pakistan suffered a devastating earthquake that caused heavy losses of life and property but Cubans promptly responded and on October 14, 2008, the first group of 2,600 Cuban doctors and physicians along with paramedical staff reached Islamabad. Cuban doctors and paramedical staff with the help of Pakistani officials established field hospitals and worked hard to provide healthcare services to the quake-hit masses.
Another gesture of solidarity with the people of Pakistan was Cuban scholarships as 1,200 Pakistani students have graduated from Cuba in medical field. He also thanked Pakistan for its generosity as Pakistan has gifted Cuba15,000 tons of rice. “Cuban people highly value this this good gesture of kindness,” said he.
Ramzan Mughal President of Pak-Cuba social forum wished the new Cuban envoy all the best and assured him every support the Pak Cuban Social Forum could do to promote the relations between the two countries.
Agha Amjad while welcoming the new Cuban envoy said Pakistani people especially youth had great expectations from him. Jam Khurshid greeted Cuban support in health and education sectors, and stressed exploring other avenues of cooperation between the two countries. He thanked for the Cuban medical assistance in the aftermath of devastation caused by natural calamities in Pakistan.

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