The President of the Democratic Republic of East Timor Taur Matan Ruak arrived in Cuba, Thursday, on an official visit aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation.
Taut Matan Ruak is scheduled to hold official talks with President Raul Castro and carry out other activities.
Before coming to Cuba, Matan Ruak, like other heads of state from Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, demanded the lifting of the US economic blockade of the island during his participation at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Cuba and East Timor established diplomatic relations on 20 May 2002, when that Southeastern Asian nation achieved its independence.
Bilateral cooperation relations particularly focus the sector of health, education, agriculture, sports and culture, while both nations are also looking forward to collaborating in the field of food security, according to Granma newspaper.
Some 600 medical doctors from East Timor graduated at the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine, while hundreds of Cuban doctors have offered their services since 2004 in remote areas of East Timor.