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Havana, Cuba.-The Cuban medical brigade sent to Nepal after several major earthquakes hit that Asian nation have seen over 1000 patients including some needing surgeries, brigade members informed on Twitter.
The Cuban specialists are working in a hospital, located in the city of Kirtipur, district of Katmandu, hard hit by the quakes.
Since very early hours, Nepalese patients arrive at the hospital everyday looking for the assistance o the Cuban doctors, who are part of the Henry Reeves medical brigade specialized in disasters and severe epidemics.
The hospital provides necessary post-catastrophe services, such as surgeries and intensive care and rehabilitation with all technical resources.
The Cuban doctors arrived in Nepal on May 12 to treat the victims of a 7.8 quake that rocked the 28-million-inhabitant nation on April 25, but on arrival day another 7.3 quake hit the country worsening the situation to be faced by the Cubans, since local authorities described the event as a real disaster.
The two quakes plus the aftershocks have claimed over 8 600 lives, while there is the risk for the outbreak of epidemics, since authorities do not count on resources to shelter over one million people that lost their homes, in one of the poorest nations of the world.
Washington, United States.- The Cuban delegation to the third round of talks with the United States arrived in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, with the aim of continuing bilateral talks, focusing this time on the process of reestablishment of diplomatic relations.
As on previous occasions, Josefina Vidal, General Director of the United States Office of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, heads the island's delegation to the talks with the representatives of the US government.
The just decision of President Barack Obama of excluding Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring international terrorism, a decision that will come into effect next week, creates an appropriate bilateral and regional context to progress in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies.
In this regard, the Cuban Foreign Ministry recently stressed that progress in efforts made to resume banking services of Cuba's Interests Section in that country contribute to progress in the talks, a theme reiterated by the Cuban delegation in previous rounds of talks.
The representatives of the two governments will also tackle issues concerning the operation of diplomatic missions and the behavior of their officials. Vidal, along with the other members of the delegation accompanying her, will carry out an intensive program of activities during her stay in the U.S. capital.
Heading the talks for the United States will be Roberta Jacobson, Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Havana, Cuba.-Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday officially received Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who is paying an official visit to Cuba.
During the meeting, the two heads of state addressed the positive development of bilateral relations between their countries and the potential to further advance links in areas of mutual interest, Granma newspaper reported.