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Vietnamese, Cuban diplomats discuss ways to foster comprehensive partnership

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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May 08, 2021 | 15:05

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla have discussed a range of measures to promote the special time-honored friendship and comprehensive and trustful partnership between the two nations.

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During their phone talks on May 7, Vietnamese FM Son congratulated the success of the eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) from April 16-19 and the Cuban Foreign Minister on his re-election as a Politburo member.

He said he hopes that the two foreign ministries would continue working closely together to further tighten bilateral friendship and collaboration moving forward, VOV reported.

Son reiterated Vietnam’s unwavering policy of staying united with Cuba and strongly supporting the United Nations General Assembly’s resolutions requesting an end to the embargo on Cuba.

Vietnamese, Cuban diplomats discuss ways to foster comprehensive partnership
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son. Photo: VOV

In response, Parrilla thanked Vietnam for providing invaluable support for Cuba over the past years and spoke highly of Vietnam’s role as rotating President of the United Nations Security Council in January 2020 and April 2021.

The two sides consented to deliver on commitments reached by the two nations’ leaders, including those made during phone talks on May 5 between Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and First Secretary of the CPC Miguel Diaz-Canel, facilitate high-level visits when conditions allow, firstly maintaining all-level exchanges via phone talks and teleconferences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

They will optimize existing cooperation frameworks and mechanisms to improve the efficiency of bilateral economic, trade and investment ties while implementing bilateral agendas 2021, including intensifying the sharing of information, experience and consultations on issues of shared concern, and offering mutual support at international organizations and multilateral forums to which the two countries are members.

Vietnam always treasures special ties with Cuba: Party chief

Previously, on May 5, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong had phone talks with First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez.

During phone talks, he said Vietnam always attaches much importance to and wants to deepen its special friendship with Cuba.

The Vietnamese Party chief affirmed the consistent solidarity between the two Parties, States and people for the just cause of the Cuban Party, State and people and objecting sanctions and hostile policies against Cuba, according to Vietnamplus.

The sound relations between the two Parties lay a political foundation, and play an important role in boosting relations between the two countries, he said, adding that Vietnam stands ready to share renewal experience with Cuba.

He suggested the two sides work closely to effectively carry out high-level agreements to develop the Vietnam – Cuba relationship into a deep, practical and sustainable fashion.

Vietnamese, Cuban diplomats discuss ways to foster comprehensive partnership
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong.Photo: VNA

During the talks, Trong congratulated the CPC on its successful organization of the 8th National Party Congress, and Diaz-Canel on his election as the First Secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

He expressed his strong belief that the CPC will continue to lead the Cuban people to overcome formidable challenges and realize the goals set at the 8th National Party Congress so as to build a prosperous and sustainable socialist nation.

Conveying his regards to former First Secretary of the CPC Raul Castro, Trong spoke highly of the latter’s contributions to the Cuban people’s revolutionary cause as well as the special Vietnam-Cuba friendship.

The Vietnamese Party, State and people always respect Cuba’s support for Vietnam during the struggle for liberation in the past and the process of national construction in the past six decades, the leader stressed.

Diaz-Canel, for his part, described the phone talks as a vivid illustration for the special and faithful friendship between the two nations.

He said the CPC’s new leadership will do their utmost to consolidate and develop the Vietnam – Cuba relations, which were established and nurtured by President Ho Chi Minh and President Fidel Castro.

He also informed the Vietnamese leader about Cuba’s progress to update the socialist socio-economic development model despite difficulties caused by the embargo and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diaz-Canel congratulated Vietnam’s recent achievements and thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for assisting their Cuban counterparts in the past years.

He expressed his confidence that under the leadership of the CPV, the Vietnamese people will successfully realize the Resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress, as well as the goal of wealthy people and a strong, democratic, equitable and civilized country.

Trong took the occasion to invite Diaz-Canel and Raul Castro to visit Vietnam. Diaz-Canel also conveyed Cuban Party and State leaders’ invitation to Trong to pay a visit Cuba at a suitable time.

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