Vietnam, Cuba Boost Military, Defence Cooperation
Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) Sen. Lieut. Gen. Trinh Van Quyet hosted a reception in Hanoi on November 24 for a young officer delegation from the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces, led by second chief of the ministry's Political Directorate General of Brigade Marcelo Perez, VNA reported.
Quyet spoke highly of bilateral defence cooperation and the results of collaboration between Vietnamese young military officers and their Cuban counterparts in particular over the past years.
|At the reception. Photo: PANO
He assured the guest that the Vietnamese people and army will always stand side by side with and offer all possible support to Cuba in their capacity, like the way Cuba had previously assisted Vietnam during the most challenging period of the national liberation struggle and construction cause.
Leaders of the VPA’s General Department of Politics always support and create favourable conditions for young officers of both armies to enhance exchange and share experience, making them annual events to contribute to further deepening bilateral defence relationship, he said.
Perez, for his part, wished that young generations of both countries and young officers in particular, would continue inheriting and developing their traditional friendship and special solidarity, thus stepping up fine relations between Vietnamese and Cuban armies in the coming time.
|At the meeting with the Commando Corps. Photo: PANO
On the same day, the Commando Corps organized a welcoming ceremony for the Cuban young officer delegation, according to People's Army Online Newspaper.
The corps’ commander Major General Hoang Minh Son expressed his wish that in the coming time, the Commando Corps in particular and the Vietnam People's Army in general with the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces will continue to further strengthen cooperation, exchange of delegations as well as combat training experiences.
During the meeting program, thegroup visited and watched officers and soldiers of the Commando Corps demonstrate practical combat techniques at the training ground, including camouflage, shooting techniques, and martial arts.
|Second chief of the ministry's Political Directorate General of Brigade Marcelo Perez shakes hands with a Commando Corps' youth. Photo: PANO
Meanwhile, from November 18-25, a delegation of the National Defence Ministry led by Deputy Minister Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong has been paying a working visit to Cuba.
The visit is made at the invitation of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, aiming to promote the two sides’ cooperation in building laws on military and national defence – a new area that they have potential and demand for.
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