Vietnamese Defence Minister, Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich (L) and Minister of Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, Sen. Lieut. Gen Leopoldo Cintra Frias (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Defence Minister, Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich and Minister of Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, Sen. Lieut. Gen Leopoldo Cintra Frias signed a 2017-2019 cooperation plan following their talks held in Hanoi on March 23.

The plan covers the exchange of all-level delegations, personnel training, military medicine, air defence-military aviation, and military business.

Frias, who is also Politburo member and member of the Council of State of Cuba, is on Vietnam visit from March 22-28 at the invitation of Minister Lich, Politburo member and Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission.

The talks took place right after the welcome ceremony the same day.

Minister Lich said relationship between the two armies is always a pillar and an exemplary model for cooperation in other fields.

Vietnam always remembers great and effective support provided by the Cuban Party, government, people and army while educating today and future generations about the bilateral traditional friendship, he said.

At the talks, the two ministers informed each other of the latest political, socio-economic, national defence-security situation in the respective countries, as well as shared experience in building armed forces.

Both sides reviewed the outcomes of partnership within the framework of the defence cooperation agreement signed in 2011 and the national defence cooperation plan for 2014-2016. They agreed with measures to strengthen bilateral national defence link in the foreseeable future.

As scheduled, the Cuban guest and his entourage will visit several units of the Vietnam People’s Army and cultural landmarks in Hanoi and the northern province of Quang Ninh.-VNA