Chairman of the Cuban National Assembly Esteban Lazo Hernandez addresses ​a plenary session of Vietnam's National Assembly (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Chairman of the Cuban National Assembly Esteban Lazo Hernandez on June 18 concluded his eight-day official visit to Vietnam, which was made at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During the visit, the Cuban top legislator held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; paid courtesy calls on Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang; and met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He also delivered a speech at a plenary session of the National Assembly and attended a question-and-answer session.

Chairman Esteban Lazo Hernandez and his entourage visited the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, and had a working session with officials of the State Bank of Vietnam. They also visited Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre and Son La provinces.

The Cuban officials also attended a Vietnam-Cuba friendship meeting held by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO).

On the occasion, the delegation also paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi, visited and wrote on the memoir book at the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House in the President Palace, and laid flowers at the statue of Cuban Hero Jose Marti in Hanoi.

At these meetings, the two sides expressed belief that with the sound political relations and everlasting solidarity, Vietnam and Cuba will continue to promoting their friendship and cooperation, contributing to national construction and defence in each country as well as peace, stability and development in each region and the world.

The two sides stressed the need to further bolster bilateral ties, especially between the two friendship parliamentarian groups, while strengthening cooperation between the two legislatures in the coming time through the exchange of delegations at all levels to deepen mutual understanding and share information as well as experience in various fields.

At the same time, they will also continue reviewing and updating or signing new agreements, thus completing the legal framework for the development of bilateral ties in conformity with new situations in each country.

The two sides also affirmed their determination to raise two-way trade to be on a par with good political relations.

The two legislatures will continue backing and promoting the implementation of cooperation programmes and projects between the two countries, especially in agriculture and consumer product production in Cuba, as well as medical researching and producing, health care, tourism infrastructure, and energy.

The two sides also consented to continue coordinate closely with and support each other at bilateral organisations and forums, especially the United Nations, serving the interest of each country and peace, stability and development of the two regions as well as in the world.

The two friendship parliamentarian groups will seek ways to enhance mutual understanding and foster the friendship and cooperation between the two legislative bodies in the future.-VNA