Friday, December 4, 2020

Cuba and Vietnam celebrate 60 years of a genuine friendship

Shortly after the successful revolution, on December 2, 1960, the Republic of Cuba, under the leadership of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, became the first country in the Western Hemisphere to establish full diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

This week, Cuban and Vietnamese senior leaders celebrated the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which they described as exemplary.

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Army General Raul Castro, and the Secretary General of the Communist Party and Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong held a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

During the talks, the two leaders exchanged views on the two Parties, States and the Vietnam-Cuba special relationship, and discussed measures to further promote the bilateral relations as the two nations are celebrating the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (December 2, 1960 – 2020).

The Cuban leader stressed that the close fraternal relationship between the two Parties, States and peoples, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Leader Fidel Castro and nurtured by generations of people and leaders of Cuba and Vietnam, will be forever exemplary relations in the contemporary world.

He affirmed that the Party, State and people of Cuba will do their utmost to preserve, protect and transfer to future generations this special relationship.

The Cuban leader congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in the cause of “Doi moi” (renewal), especially its successes in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He expressed his sympathy with Vietnam over difficulties and losses caused by natural disasters in the recent past, and thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their support and assistance to their Cuban counterparts.

Raul Castro expressed his belief that the CPV will continue successfully carrying out resolutions set by the 12th National Party Congress and successfully hold the 13th National Party Congress.

He also briefed on the situation in Cuba and its preparations for the organisation of the 8th National Congress of the CPC in April 2021.

For his part, the Vietnamese leader stressed that the special friendship between the two Parties and nations, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Leader Fidel Castro, is a valuable asset and becomes a symbol of the era. The Vietnamese Party, State, people and future generations will keep in mind the historical words: “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood”, he said.

He expressed his sympathy with Cuba over the current difficulties and believed that under the leadership of the CPC, led by beloved comrade Raul Castro, the fraternal Cuban people will overcome all difficulties and challenges.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also cabled his message of greetings to his Cuban counterpart Manuel Marrero Cruz.

Vietnam's National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan sent her greetings to President of the National Assembly of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez.

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended greetings to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. /