Chinese Premier thanks Cuban, Japanese medical teams in quake relief

2008-05-24 17:42:36 GMT       2008-05-25 01:42:36 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R Front) meets with members of the Cuban medical team at Huaxi Hospital in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 24, 2008. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

CHENGDU, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday thanked medical staff from Cuba and Japan for their assistance in China's earthquake relief.

"On behalf the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government and the people, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you," Wen said while visiting the Cuban medical team in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Wen said he believed the medical personnel, sent by Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to support China's earthquake relief, will finish well the task with their expertise.

The team members expressed their willingness to assist the relief work, saying they will endeavor to cure those injured in the disaster.

Wen also visited the Japanese medical team, asking them to convey the Chinese people's regards to the Japanese people.

"You come to help us when we are in the hardest time, and we feel grateful for the Japanese government and the people," Wen said.

Tajiri Kazuhiro, head of the team, said they have started to work, and they will support China's earthquake relief with utmost efforts.

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