Pakistan will donate 15,000 tons of rice to Cuba as gesture of gratitude for supporting this country after the earthquake in 2005, which left thousands of fatalities and injured people.
The decision taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was announced today by his advisor for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, during a ceremony attended by Cuban Ambassador in this country Gabriel Tiel Capote, said the communique issued by the local Foreign Ministry.
“Pakistan and Cuba have enjoyed longstanding cooperation based on respect and understanding”, said the document that also highlights the mutual support given by the two countries in international events.
“We recognized Cuba as a proven friend that has stayed by our side in tough times”, said Sharif in other message published on the website of the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Cuban health delegation provided 80,000 people with medical treatment, as well as 7,000 surgeries at 32 field hospitals and two camps for refugees, many of which were settled in the areas most affected by the earthquake”, he said.
He also said that Cuban authorities gave thousands grants to young Pakistanis to study Medicine in Cuba and they are now important workers of the health field.
“That example of sincerity, care and friendship towards Pakistan, has few parallels in modern history”, said Sharif.