Vietnam’s top diplomat has affirmed that the Foreign Ministry will
closely cooperate with its Cuban counterpart to implement the agreements
reached by the two countries’ leaders to beef up bilateral ties.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the statement in Hanoi on July 9
at a meeting with Cuban Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodriguez
Parrilla, who accompanies the First Secretary of the Communist Party of
Cuba (CPC) Central Committee and President of the State Council and the
Council of Ministers, Raul Castro, on an official friendship visit to
The two FMs agreed on measures to increase
high-ranking delegations’ visits and the exchange of delegations between
the Parties, States, National Assemblies, ministries, departments and
social-political organisations of the two countries.
They reached a consensus on holding an annual political consultation late this year in Havana .
The two FMs exchanged views on international and regional issues and
agreed that both countries should enhance coordination and mutual
support at international forums in which both countries are members.
FM Minh took the occasion to thank the Cuban delegation for their
active participation and contributions to the Vietnam-Latin America
Trade and Investment Forum hosted by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry for
the first time.
The Cuban media have given extensive
coverage of the meetings between its President Raul Castro with Vietnam
’s top leaders during his official friendship visit to Vietnam from
In its article titled the two countries’
friendship further consolidated, Granma, the official organ of the
Communist Party of Cuba, wrote despite geographical distance, Cuba and
Vietnam are always two fraternal nations and that was reaffirmed with
the official friendship visit to Vietnam by General Raul Castro.
The front page article focused on Raul Castro’s activities with the
talks with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and separate
meetings with President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan
Dung, which, it said, took place in the atmosphere of wholehearted
The paper cited Raul in his talks with
Party General Secretary Trong as saying that returning to Vietnam
this time is his great personal pride. He also highlighted the
sustainability of the two countries’ relationship over the past decades
although both nations have experienced difficult periods.
For his part, the Vietnamese Party leader affirmed Raul’s current
visit aims to lift up the relationship between the two Parties and
Governments to a new development stage, the paper said.
Activities by the Cuban delegation in Vietnam were also
spotlighted in an article published by the ‘Trabajadores’ or ‘Workers’
newspaper. It quoted Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang as saying that
“To receive you and the Cuban delegation, we have the feeling of
welcoming brothers home not foreign guests.”
meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the two leaders discussed
their countries’ socio-economic development. They agreed that President
Raul’s visit is significant to both sides to promote bilateral trade and
On the morning and afternoon of July
8, the “Cubadebate” online newspaper and the Cuba TV covered all
activities by Raul Castro on the day during his first official
friendship visit to Vietnam as Cuba’s top leader.-VNA