|Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivers speech at the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for Solidarity with Cuba in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS) — More than 250 delegates from 18 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss the role of friendship and solidarity organisations with Cuba, ultimately to remove economic-trade-financial embargos and enhance solidarity with the country.
Speaking at the opening session of the two-day Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for Solidarity with Cuba, Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) President Vu Xuan Hong said this year's event, the seventh of its kind, would address the historical normalisation of relations between Cuba and the US.
He noted that Cuba's international friends, including Viet Nam, welcomed the decision of the two countries' leaders and regarded it as a victory for the Cuban people and its friends.
The conference helps develop regional links and promotes equal rights and respect for the country's sovereignty.
President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP), Kenia Serrano Puig, said the event illustrated the solidarity, historical friendship and comprehensive co-operation Cuba has enjoyed with Viet Nam over the past 55 years.
Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly and President of the Viet Nam-Cuba Friendship Association, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said that Viet Nam would support a declaration of rapprochement between Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama. She said such a declaration would serve both Cuba and the US's interests.
Supporting and promoting solidarity with Cuba had been the consistent policy of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, she said, adding that they had always supported each other despite geographical distance. — VNS