HA NOI — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong left Ha Noi yesterday on an official friendship visit to Cuba and a State visit to Brazil.
The visits are being made at the invitation of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba's Central Committee and President of the Cuban State Council and Council of Ministers, Raul Castro Ruz, and the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on December 2, 1960, Viet Nam-Cuba relations have developed in a way that manifests the warm sentiment and the faithful and consistent viewpoints of the Parties, States and peoples of the two countries.
Cuba has led the movement to support Viet Nam's struggle for independence and national reunification in the past and national construction at present.
It has boosted co-operation with Viet Nam in construction, transport, bio-technology, education, healthcare, sports and agriculture.
The two countries regularly exchange delegations at high levels as well as between ministries, sectors and localities.
The two sides reached a consensus to enhances solidarity, friendship and co-operation in line with the strength and potential of each country.
Viet Nam provided Cuba with 400,000 tonnes of rice in 2010 and 300,000 tonnes in 2011.
The two sides are implementing co-operation projects on the production of rice, soy bean and maize in Cuba.
Vietnamese investors are also working on projects in oil and gas, tourism infrastructure, telecoms, education and training in Cuba.
On the occasion of the Vietnamese Party leader's visit, Cuba's Granma and Juventud Rebelde daily newspapers announced the visit on their front pages.
They said the visit, the first to Cuba by Nguyen Phu Trong as Party General Secretary, aimed to strengthen the traditional special friendship and co-operation between the two Parties, States and Governments. — VNS