O’Neill, Castro discuss bilateral relations

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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill discussed with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday bilateral cooperation and relations, especially in sports and health.
According to the Cuban News Agency, the two leaders also talked about the international situation and climate change.
O’Neill arrived in Cuba on Tuesday after attending the Apec leaders’ summit in Lima, Peru.
He also met with Cuban government officials.
He said earlier the Government was interested in engaging doctors from Cuba to serve in PNG’s public hospitals.
It also wants Cuba to offer PNG assistance in developing boxing in the country and to prepare PNG boxers for international tournaments.
Meanwhile, O’Neill welcomed a briefing by Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to Apec leaders in Lima.
“The IMF briefing made it clear the global economy is in a precarious position, but at the same time the Asia-Pacific economy is still the most vibrant in the world,” O’Neill said.
“We can take some comfort in the enduring economic strength of the Asia-Pacific, but we must not become complacent.
“Christine Lagarde also made the point that global growth has been too low, for too long and benefiting too few and this signals warning bells.”
He said he discussed with Lagarde “the way in which emerging economies manage debt levels”.

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