Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Celebrating 40 years of Bilateral Ties

Ikhmas High Level - Public Lecture celebrating the 40th Anniversary of
Bilateral Relations between Cuba & Malaysia with a special address by H.E. Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohammad
held at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Bangi

On the 9th of February, 2015 I had the honor of being invited by the Cuban Embassy here to attend a public lecture at the UKM, Bangi to commemorate 40 years of bilateral ties between Cuba and Malaysia. Indeed a very mutually and favorable partnership based on friendship and co-relations in many areas of working together for the benefit of both countries.

The welcoming address was by the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,Yang Bahagia Prof.Dr. Noor Azlan bin Ghazali who extended a keynote address enlightening us on the various aspects of co-operation and programs with regards to the celebration which is a joint effort by both countries. Extending a warm welcome to the Cuban Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr Rubén Pérez Valdés to deliver his speech, he was the epitome of a comrade with similar aspirations by both countries.

In delivering his speech, Mr Rubén Pérez Valdés touched on the cooperation relayed a message of further improvements in the relations between both countries by mutual understanding and co-operation. His further welcome to H.E. Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohammad to address the public lecture was made in my opinion to someone befitting much respect and a personal friendship enjoyed by Cuba's Fidel Castro and His Excellency Tun.

True to my belief, when H.E.Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad ventured on his topic, I could sense a comradeship between the two countries that is beyond that of bilateral ties, one of personal friendship and co-operation. I believe that much can be gained by this alliance in many areas. His Excellency mentioned in his address of the gain in research advancements and touched on ways that our country could also contribute to the people of Cuba. 

There is definitely a win-win situation by this alliance and I would like to congratulate both Malaysia and Cuba on this anniversary celebrating bilateral ties. Forty years is a solid foundation to work on and strive by and we are indeed on the right path to a bright future together - shobana

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