Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association and other relevant organizations on August 11 held a ceremony in Hanoi to mark the 40th anniversary of the 11th world youth festival in Cuba.

Stressing that the special friendship and relations between Vietnam and Cuba are an invaluable treasure built and nurtured by generations of leaders, peoples and youths of the two countries, Pulitburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Commission for Mass Mobilization Truong Thi Mai affirmed the two festivals held in Cuba left deep and good imprints on the minds of the young generations of Vietnam.

The official, who is also chairwoman of the association, asked ministries and authorities of the two countries to push up the exchange of delegations and organize more cultural programmes so as to further consolidate and strengthen the solidarity and closeness between the peoples and young generations of the two countries.

At the ceremony, Mai also handed 50,000 USD raised by former Vietnamese delegates to the 11th world youth festival in Cuba to a school named “Bac Ho” (Uncle Ho) in Cuba.

The 11th festival world youth festival was held in Cuba from July 28 – August 5, 1978 with the participation of over 20,000 delegates from 145 countries representing more than 2.000 youth organizations throughout the world.

The Vietnamese delegation to the festival included many prominent figures who rendered considerable contributions to the country during the war and the national construction such as Le Hong Anh, Vo Thi Thang and Pham Tuan. Thang delivered the peace declaration of the world’s youth and students on the closing ceremony of the festival.-VNA