Remain relevant in tackling world issues, NAM urged


  • Nation
  • Friday, 24 Jan 2003

PUTRAJAYA: Cuba wants the 114-member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to find ways to enhance co-operation in trade, economy, politics and other relevant fields. 

The republic, which assumes the presidency of NAM after Malaysia, feels that NAM needs to make itself relevant in facing issues of the world. 

This was conveyed by visiting Cuban Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Abelarto Dosmorano Fernandez, when he called on Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Dr Leo Micheal Toyad at Wisma Putra here on Tuesday.  

Also present was Cuban ambassador to Malaysia Pedro Monzon Barata. 

“They (Cuba) want member countries to have closer relations so that we can have the political will to further the NAM initiative,” Dr Toyad told reporters after the meeting. 

Asked if Cuban President Fidel Castro would attend the 13th NAM Summit to be held here from Feb 20 to 25, he said that this has yet to be confirmed. 

“We hope he (Fidel Castro) will come ... and of course, we’ll provide whatever is required to make his stay pleasant.”  

Dr Toyad said Cuba was strong in the medical and biotechnology fields and the country wanted NAM member states to tap into this body of expertise. 

“Cuba is exporting over 3,000 doctors to African states. The question now is how member states can work to tap into this,” he added. 

On the NAM summit itself, Dr Toyad said the NAM organising committee had been working hard to ensure that the meeting would progress as smoothly as possible. 

“Our officials have been working hard over the last six months to ensure that the summit is a success. We’re more than 80% prepared for the summit,” he said. –Bernama 

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