//Former Malaysia PM Pleads Iran Rights

Former Malaysia PM Pleads Iran Rights

Havana, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Doctor Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Malaysian Prime Minister, championed in Havana for the Iranian people´s right to use nuclear energy with peaceful ends.

"Several countries tap nuclear energy to generate electricity and we do not understand why Iran cannot," stressed Mahathir bin Mohamad, adding every nation should be treated equally to avoid conflicts.

He hailed Cuban proposals to save energy and highly rated the island´s methodology to gauge the Gross Domestic Product, which expanded to 11.8 percent in 2005.

The Malaysian official came to Cuba on his third visit to participate in the 8th International Meeting of Economists on Globalization and Development underway in Havana.

Besides, the distinguished visitor, current advisor of his nation´s administration, met for several hours with President Fidel Castro, who explained that although Cuba is a developing nation it sends thousands of doctors to different countries to give all needed help for free.

The two dignitaries talked about international and national issues.

Fidel Castro bid Mahathir bin Mohamad farewell at Havana´s Jose Marti International Airport and called him a very clever and respectful statesman who has gained a place in history.

During his stay, the former Malaysian Prime Minister visited the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center and Latin American School of Medicine, where hundreds of lower-income young people from the Third World nations are training.