Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Africa and Cuba celebrate 30 years of Friendship Association

Cuba and Africa Mark 30th Anniversary of Friendship Association

Havana, Dec 17 (acn) The 30th anniversary of the creation of the
Cuba-Africa Friendship Association was commemorated last Saturday at
the venue of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP) in Havana.

During the ceremony, the ambassador of Congo in Cuba, Pascal Onguembyi,
thanked the Cuban people and government for their permanent solidarity
with the African people in all sectors.

He stressed the Cuban contribution to the independence of countries
such as Angola, Ethiopia, Namibia, Guinea Bissau, South Africa and
as well as the presence of Cuban internationalists in some of
those nations to fight against the discriminatory regime of the

Onguembyi said that scientific cooperation has an important place in
this assistance. As a result, he noted, more than 5,850 people from
several African countries have received scientific and technical
training in various sectors on the island.

He added that sectors such as health, education, sports and agriculture
have also received the benefits of this cooperation.

The African diplomat recalled that Cuban doctors and other health
personnel making their contribution in Africa have performed more than
1.5 million operations and have treated more than 36 million patients
in that continent.

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