Vietnam, Cuba seek to bolster ties across the board

(VOVWORLD) - Vietnamese and Cuban leaders on Sunday discussed measures to bolster their fraternal solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, especially in consumer goods manufacturing, food and aquatic production, and renewable energy. They also talked about issues of shared concern. 
Vietnam, Cuba seek to bolster ties across the board - ảnh 1President Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with President of Cuba Miguel Díaz Canel in Havana on September 19, 2021. (Photo: VNA)

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel in Havana as part of his 3-day official visit to Cuba. 

President Díaz-Canel thanked Vietnam for its sincere and whole-hearted support of Cuba’s revolutionary cause, past and present. 

Both leaders praised the development of bilateral ties in all fields, noting that cooperation in agriculture and food security has been maintained through rice, coffee, maize, and aquatic development projects.

They agreed to strengthen political relations, enhance cooperation mechanisms, and work closely together to effectively implement a new trade agreement to raise two-way trade to a level that matches their potential and their solid political ties.

President Phuc thanked Cuba for sharing its COVID-19 vaccine with Vietnam, further evidence of the support Cuba has always given Vietnam since Fidel Castro said “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood”.

The two leaders mentioned their pleasure at the close coordination and mutual support their countries have enjoyed within international organizations and multilateral forums, particularly the UN and the Non-Aligned Movement. They also affirmed their support for settling disputes through peaceful means in line with international law.

On the occasion, President Phuc announced a gift of 5,000 tons of rice and medical equipment to Cuba. Some Vietnamese ministries and sectors also sent gifts to Cuba, including 1,000 tons of rice, 100 tons of maize, and more medical equipment.

Vietnam, Cuba seek to bolster ties across the board - ảnh 2President Miguel Diaz Canel (R) presents President Phuc with José Marti Order, the noblest reward of the Cuban State. (Photo: VNA)

Following the talks, on behalf of the Party, State and people of Cuba, President Miguel Diaz Canel presented the Vietnamese State leader with José Marti Order, the noblest reward of the Cuban State, in recognition of President Phuc’s contributions to the acceleration of solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples.