HAVANA — Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to fostering solidarity, friendship, mutual trust and comprehensive co-operation with Cuba.
|Cuban President Raul Modesto Castro Ruz and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong review the guard of honour in Havana yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made this statement during his talks with the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba's Central Committee and President of the Cuban State Council and the Council of Ministers, Raul Castro Ruz, in Havana on Monday. The talks took place following a State welcome ceremony held for Trong.
He said that the Vietnamese Party, State and people would always remember and respect Cuba's wholehearted support and assistance during their part struggle for national liberation and reunification as well as during their current period of national construction and defence.
President Raul congratulated the Vietnamese people on their remarkable achievements and said he was sure that under the sound leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, they would successfully carry out the Resolution of the 11th Party Congress and continue to record excellent progress in the cause of national industrialisation and modernisation.
Both leaders agreed on ways to boost future relations between the two Parties and States, including increasing the exchange of visits at all levels and sharing their experience, especially in State leadership and socio-economic management.
They emphasised the importance of Party building, personnel training, reform and creativity during the process of building socialism in each country.
Both agreed to hold, in rotation, joint seminars between the two Parties on issues of common concern. In that spirit, they stressed the need to develop economic,trade and investment co-operation to a level on par with their political relationship to take advantage of the potential of both countries.
They further agreed to enhance the operations of the Viet Nam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee and look at suitable areas of co-operation to improve efficiency and sustainability of economic and trade ties.
They would also create the best possible conditions for the business communities of both countries to step up investment and co-operation to make the most of their strengths and potential.
Regarding international and regional issues, the two leaders stressed that the recent positive developments of Latin American left-wing movements had made it easier for revolutionary forces in their struggle for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.
The ongoing financial crises, economic downturns and social instability in several countries as well as more complex global issues such as poverty, disease, climate change and the environment made it necessary for socialist values to lead the way to achieve sustainable development, they said.
They both confirmed the need to step up co-operation and mutual support at international forums that both countries are members of, especially the United Nations.
Trong invited Raul to visit Viet Nam in the near future and the Cuban leader accepted the invitation with pleasure.
On the occasion, Raul presented the Jose Marti Order, Cuba's noblest distinction, to Trong in recognition of his outstanding contributions to developing solidarity and friendship between the two nations.
Trong expressed his great honour to receive the Order, which he said was a vivid demonstration of solidarity and fraternal friendship between the Parties, States and peoples of Viet Nam and Cuba.
In today's world, the special relationship between the Vietnamese and Cuban peoples had become a symbol of the era and was an invaluable asset that needed to be protected, preserved and handed down to future generations, Trong said.
Later the same day, the Vietnamese Party leader laid a wreath at the Monument to Jose Marti, Cuba's national hero and a great ideologist, who sowed the first seeds of Vietnamese-Cuban solidarity and friendship.
In the evening of Monday, the Communist Party of Cuba's Central Committee, the Cuban State Council and the Council of Ministers hosted a banquet in honour of General Secretary Trong and his delegation. — VNS