East Timor thanks Cuba

East Timor's foreign minister Zacarias Albano da Costa met with his Cuban counterpart Felipe Perez Roque in Havana where he thanked the country for its continuous support of East Timor, "even under the most difficult circumstances", according to a May 8 Granma article. Albano da Costa expressed his admiration for the spirit of sacrifice of the Cuban people working in his country and spoke about the invaluable contribution from Cuban medical brigades and teachers working to eradicate illiteracy. Perez Roque recalled East Timor's first vote as an independent United Nations member was to end the US economic blockade against Cuba. "We will never forget that", he said.