|The event was held by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Viet Nam-Cuba Friendship Association of HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HCM CITY (VNS) — The 55th anniversary of the Viet Nam-Cuba diplomatic relationship (December 2, 1960 – December 2, 2015) was marked at a ceremony in HCM City yesterday.
The event was held by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Viet Nam-Cuba Friendship Association of HCM City.
Tat Thanh Cang, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, said the Viet Nam-Cuba friendship has been continuously strengthened and developed to become a precious asset of the two nations.
Viet Nam always treasures Cuba's solidarity and wholehearted support for Viet Nam in its struggle for independence as well as in the current national reconstruction and development, he said.
The official called for stronger cooperation between the two countries adding that the two-way trade exchange between the city and Cuba has been modest in the past years but the situation will change as Cuba is implementing new economic policies.
He suggested the two sides could increase cooperation in hi-tech agriculture, consumer goods manufacturing, and mechanical industry for agriculture, said Cang.
Bernabe Garcia Valido, Cuba's General Consul in HCM City said the Viet Nam-Cuba relationship has been good since the first days, which is a firm foundation for deep and extensive cooperation in all fields to bring economic relations to the same level with political ties.
He expressed his belief that the younger generations would continue writing new historic chapters and deepening the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
At the ceremony, the VUFO and the Viet Nam-Cuba Friendship Association presented prizes for winners of the painting competition with the theme of "Viet Nam-Cuba Friendship," which was launched in September.
On the occasion, the Vietnam News Agency organises a photo exhibition titled "Viet Nam-Cuba, 55 years of solidarity and cooperation" at its headquarters at 5 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. The exhibition will run through December 12. — VNS