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Thursday, August 3, 2006 Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony has joined other Caribbean and world leaders in wishing Cuban President Dr. Fidel Castro a speedy and complete recovery from emergency surgery on the eve of his 80th birthday. Prime Minister Anthony says he is as concerned as all his fellow Caribbean colleague Heads of Government about the news that the Cuban leader had undertaken surgery to stop internal bleeding following a recent trip to Argentina.

Prime Minister Anthony, who met the Cuban leader while in Havana in June, said he was as surprised as the Cuban people and the rest of the world by the sudden news of President Castro's illness. But, he added, he was "also confident that he is receiving the best medical care in the world, because the quality of health care in Cuba is exceedingly good and I'm sure he is being given the very best medical care. The Prime Minister said: "The Cabinet of Ministers, and indeed the people of Saint Lucia, have much admiration for the Cuban President and his personal interest in making humanitarian and social assistance available to Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean, especially in the fields of health and education."

Dr Anthony said he welcomed the news that Dr Castro, who is due to turn 80 on August 13, is recovering and in a stable condition following his emergency operation. Said the Prime Minister: "On behalf of all Saint Lucians, and especially on behalf of those who have received medical care and those who are currently studying in Cuba, I wish to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery. "We pray for President Castro and we wish him God's blessings."

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