|Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong receives First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Diaz yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS)— Top leaders yesterday received First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Diaz Canel, who is now on a first visit to Viet Nam.
Meeting with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Canel expressed his thanks for Viet Nam's support for Cuba. He emphasised his wish to consolidate the time-honoured Viet Nam-Cuba friendship and solidarity as well as to increase the efficiency in co-operation between the two Parties, States and peoples.
Trong said the visit was a good opportunity for the two sides to discuss and exchange experiences. He agreed with the measures to beef up the two nations' friendship and comprehensive co-operation.
Trong expressed his strong belief that under the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party, headed by President Raul Castro Ruz and its leader Fidel Castro, the Cuban people would overcome all challenges for further achievements in their revolutionary cause. He also affirmed Viet Nam's strong support for Cuba's just cause.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also met with Canel yesterday, during which he reaffirmed Viet Nam's commitment to work with Cuba to further deepen the traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation in every field for the benefits of the two countries.
Dung said that the relevant ministries in Viet Nam would expand co-operation with Cuba in fishery, food production, biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
He asked Cuba to support Vietnamese tech firms and oil companies which had investment in Cuba while Canel affirmed to provide wholehearted support for Vietnamese businesses, not only in these fields but in other fields also, citing education and tourism.
Canel also said Cuba was committed to acting as a bridge between Viet Nam and Latin American countries.
The Cuban official yesterday also met with National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung who said Viet Nam and Cuba needed to continue maintaining, preserving and promoting their long-lasting relationship.
Hung spoke highly of the visit, describing it as a vivid manifestation of the traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation between Viet Nam and Cuba.
He said the two sides should increase their exchange of delegations, especially high-level ones, to discuss orientations for developing bilateral ties.
The top legislator highly valued the outcomes of the talks between Canel and Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, affirming that the Vietnamese National Assembly and people always supported the national renewal and development of the Cuban people.
Expressing delight at Viet Nam's socio-economic development achievements, Canel thanked the country for its great support for Cuba in the past and at present.
He said he believed the co-operation between the two nations would continue to harvest new achievements in all aspects. — VNS