|Cuban President Raul Castro (R) receives visiting Le Hong Anh, a member of the Politburo and Permanent Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee.—VNA/VNS Photo
LA HABANA (VNS)— Cuban President Raul Castro hailed the strong relationship between his country and Viet Nam during a meeting on Saturday with the visiting Le Hong Anh, a member of the Politburo and Permanent Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee.
President Castro, who also acts as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC), recalled the memory of the historic visit made by his predecessor, Fidel Castro, to liberated areas in Southern Viet Nam four decades ago.
The President applauded the remarkable achievements attained by Viet Nam over the intervening years and said the country served as a valuable example to Cuba, which is currently undergoing a period of economic renewal.
He spoke highly of the outcomes of the first political theory seminar organised between the two Parties last year and urged the two sides to carefully but promptly prepare for the next one, slated to take place in Cuba in 2014.
For his part, Anh informed his host of the agreements reached during his talks with Second Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Jose Ramon Machado and other Cuban Party, State and National Assembly leaders.
He emphasised the support and solidarity Viet Nam shares with Cuba, and expressed his hope that the two nations can further boost their bilateral ties.
Anh also thanked the Party, State and people of Cuba for their support to Viet Nam during the war against the US, and their continued aid towards the country's construction, development and defence.
Fidel Castro's statement that, "For Viet Nam, Cuba is ready to shed its blood," has always been remembered by the Vietnamese people and stands as a symbol of the cherished friendship between the two countries, he added.
Host and guest shared their viewpoints on various international issues, especially the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region and the development of the left-wing movement in Latin America. — VNS