Malaysia, February 9th - The University Kebansaang Malaysia hosted the Skillful Conference presented by the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahatir bin Mohamad.
The colloquy, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in the Asian country with the collaboration of the Latin American Training center of the University Kebansaang Malaysia, had by title “Reflections on the relations between Cuba and Malaysia” and constitutes one of the most important events that, during this year, is organized to commemorate the four decades of bonds between the two States.
In its initial words Dr. Mahatir congratulated Cuba for the event. Next he made an analysis on the history of the formalization of the bonds between both governments. Fourth Prime minister of Malaysia emphasized that the diplomatic relations between Cuba and Malaysia are based on the mutual respect, the right to the free self-determination and noninterference in the internal affairs. Also, the principles established by the Movement of Non Aligned Countries are a point in common for the good unfolding of the bilateral bows.
Mahatir emphasized the successes of the Cuban Revolution, emphasizing that, in addition to the sugar, “to produce and to export the best tobacco of the world”, the Caribbean Island has developed other areas like education, biotechnology, medicine, and vaccines.
In a very warm and friendly form he spoke about his first meeting in Havana with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz and about the interest of the Commander-in-Chief to know about Malaysia.
In relation to Cuba and the United States, the Forme Malaysian Premier affirmed that North America must eliminate the repressive sanctions and measures against the Greater of the Antilles. It showed that “the U.S.A. was delayed almost 60 years in recognizing what Malaysian had recognized 40 ago”.
In order to culminate, it said to feel “very happy for being able to celebrate, together with the Embassy of Cuba in Malaysia, these 40 years of diplomatic relations”.
Before Dr. Mahatir, also spoke at the Conference the Vice-Chacellor of the University Kebansaang Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali and the ambassador of Cuba in the Asian country, Rubén Perez Valdés.
Both of them, from their perspective, made a sketch by the subject at issue. Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali commented on the academic and scientific interchanges between UKM and the Geophysical Institute of and Astronomy of Cuba; and on the projects of the University to narrow the cooperation in the matter of education.
The Cuban ambassador, on the other hand, explained the exchange of high level visits between countries. Particular mention did to the visits of Dr. Mahatir to Havana during his mandate as Prime Minister, in 1997 and 2000; those of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro to Kuala Lumpur in 2001 and 2003 and the one of the present Cuban President, Raul Castro in 2005.
“The bilateral relations between Havana and Kuala Lumpur have fortified in many aspects and areas in the last years. These include trade, science, biotechnology, sport, education, medicine and culture. Both countries are members of the Group of the 77, the Non Aligned Movement, the United Nations and many other international organizations. Special relevance we have been granting to Malaysian Government for the permanent support to the resolution presented by Cuba, in the United Nations General Assembly that condemns the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba for more than half century, Perez Valdés affirmed.
The Conference also counted with the participation of the director of the University Multimedia of Malaysia and wife of the Dr. Mahatir, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali. Other assistants were civil officials of the government, the academic sector, intellectuals, journalists, students and professors of UKM, local ONG, the Association of Friends of Cuba, representatives of the Diplomatic Corp acredited and Cuban residents in Kuala Lumpur.
EMBACUBA MALASIA – CUBAMINREX