Dili, April 3, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta attended the 20th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Medical Brigade’s mission in Timor-Leste at the Nobré Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

In his commemorative remarks, the President reflected on the longstanding health sector collaboration between the two nations that began since Timor-Leste’s independence. He recalled that Cuba sent its first medical doctors to Timor-Leste shortly after the country gained independence. Furthermore, up to 700 Timorese medical students were sent to study in Cuba at that time.

The Head of the State highlighted Timor-Leste’s efforts to establish its own medical school, which began with the first government in 2002. The President also acknowledged another successful partnership – the 2005 program to fight illiteracy in Timor-Leste with Cuban assistance that personally witnessed the progress on Atauro Island by President himself.

The Cuban Medical Brigade has provided vital healthcare services and training to Timor-Leste over the past two decades. President Ramos-Horta’s remarks underscored the deep appreciation for this enduring cooperation between the two nations.

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