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Havana would cooperate with US against Ebola

Published:Sunday | October 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HAVANA (AP):

Cuba stands ready to cooperate with the United States (US) in the battle against Ebola, former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published yesterday.

Cuba is sending about 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight Ebola, an effort that was praised last Friday by America's Secretary of State John Kerry.

The US is sending hundreds of soldiers to set up clinics and train health-care workers and it also has sent officials from the Centers for Disease Control to help in training.

"With pleasure we will cooperate with US personnel in that task," the 88-year-old ex-leader wrote in the Communist Party daily Granma. He said it would not be to seek peace between two countries long at odds, but "for the peace of the world".

Castro did not say what form cooperation might take.

He also noted that Havana plays host tomorrow to a meeting of leaders from the ALBA alliance of leftist Latin American nations that is meant to raise more support for the fight against Ebola.

He said such medical cooperation is "the greatest example of solidarity that a human being can offer".