Cuban leader Fidel Castro became the first foreign leader to set foot in the liberated area in central Quang Tri province in 1973 (Source: VMA)
Havana (VNA) – A meeting to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification (April 30) has been jointly held by the Organisation of Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL) and the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba.

The event brought together representatives from Cuban ministries, sectors and organisations as well as ambassadors and representatives of 20 other countries in  Cuba.

In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh highlighted Vietnam’s great victory in the protracted resistance war in the past, during which Vietnam received valuable support and strong solidarity of progressive forces worldwide, especially assistance of friends from Asia, Africa and Latin America, including the Cuban people.

The ambassador expressed his hope that the Vietnam-Cuba relationship would be deepened, thus promoting the development of each nation as the wishes of President Ho Chi Minh and Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castrol.

Thanh also underlined the need to continue sustaining and strengthening the traditional relations between the two countries, and proposed concrete activities to mark 45 years since Cuban leader Fidel Castro became the first foreign leader to set foot in the liberated area in central Quang Tri province in 1973.

Journalist Santiago Feliu, head of the OSPAAAL’s Culture and Popularisation Department, recalled activities of progressive movements in the world, which ebulliently followed Vietnam’s struggle for independence and national reunification.

The Vietnamese people made the world admire for not only the indomitable heroism in their struggle to defend the country but also in their reform (Doi moi) and national construction process, he stressed.

Participants at the meeting had a chance to view videos, photos and posters on Vietnam in the past, the solidarity between Vietnam and Cuba, and Vietnam’s achievements as well as efforts to reach stronger development in the reform period.-VNA