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The event was inaugurated this Thursday at the San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress in Havana.
Heading the ceremony was Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bemurdez, the President of the National Assembly of People's Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández, and Truong Thi Mai, Politburo member, head of the Party Central Committee's Mass Mobilisation Commission and President of the Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez also attended the opening ceremony of Vietnam’s booth on February 6.
|At the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA)|
|Cuban President visits Vietnam’s pavilion. (Photo: VNA)|
With an artistic gala and the presence of members of the delegation of the Asian nation, as well as other leaders of the Party and the Cuban government, the 29th edition of FIL Cuba 2020 was officially launched.
The 29th International Book Fair will pay homage to the work of recently deceased Cuban essayist Ana Cairo, National prize in Social Sciences, and playwright Eugenio Hernandez, National Prize of Theatre 2005.
Vietnam was invited as the guest of honour of the annual event as part of the cultural activities to mark the 60th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (February 12, 1960).
Mai led a Vietnamese delegation to the event.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Pham Anh Tuan described the book fair as one of the biggest of its kind in Latin America since 1982.
Vietnamese publishers brought to the fair over 700 titles and 2,000 publications in Vietnamese, Spanish, English and French, which honour the special friendship between Vietnam and Cuba, as well as works introducing Vietnam’s history through periods, literary works, and studies on the Vietnamese culture and folk arts./.