Australia and Cuba look at aid co-operation

Australia and Cuba are looking at working together to provide medical aid to Pacific Island and Caribbean nations, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says.

Hosting Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Perth on Tuesday, Mr Smith said Cuba was internationally renowned for the medical assistance it provided to needy nations.

Mr Rodriguez is on a two-day trip to Australia after visiting East Timor where Cubans have been training hundreds of doctors for the tiny nation.

Mr Smith said there was great potential for Australia and Cuba to join forces and help small island states in the Pacific and the Caribbean to boost their medical services.

"Given Cuba's world class credentials in the medical training area, given our world class expertise in child and maternal health care, we believe there is potential for us to work together."

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Australian Foreign Minister's media release