ISLAMABAD: In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Pakistan-Cuba diplomatic relations and as an expression of gratitude for unprecedented support provided by Cuba to Pakistan after 2005 earthquake, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has announced a gift of 15000 tonnes of rice for the people of Cuba.
A formal ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, where Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, made the announcement.
The Cuban Ambassador-designate to Pakistan, Gabriel Tiel Capote, and other Cuban Embassy officials were also present on the occasion, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said.
The statement of the Prime Minister to this effect had also been released to the media on Wednesday.
Pakistan and Cuba enjoy long-standing and time-tested cooperation based on mutual respect and understanding.
Both countries have also supported each other at the international forums. Following the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, Cuban relief and medical contingent, led by the present Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, provided assistance to the earthquake victims for six months.
Cuba also offered 1000 fully funded scholarships to Pakistani students from the earthquake affected areas.