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Cuba, US Discuss Possible Cooperation in Aid of Haiti

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Thursday that his country and the United States had discussed a possible cooperation about the humanitarian works in Haiti.

At a press conference, Rodriguez said that the United States had not made a concrete proposal yet, but they had discussed the issue.

Rodriguez said that Cuba negotiated with the US authorities on issues regarding the use of the Cuban airspace for the humanitarian works in Haiti, adding Cuba had authorized more than 60 US flights to aid quake victims in Haiti.

Cuba is ready to cooperate with any country at any humanitarian operation in Haiti, and the cooperation with United States is to be accomplished "as long as it is carried out in a serious and responsible way," he said.

According to Rodriguez, it is not the first time that the two countries have cooperated. He recalled that Cuba offered all its airports and opened its airspace to the US planes when the September 11 terrorist attacks took place.

Rodriguez said that after the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, the Cuban medical teams in Haiti had treated more than 35,000 patients, carrying out 3,000 surgeries and providing vaccination for 10,000 people.

(Xinhua News Agency January 29, 2010)

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