Officials stand in front of the bust of Juan Bosch at Hoa Binh Park in Hanoi on August 28 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A bust of Juan Bosch (1909 – 2001), leader of the national liberation movement in Latin America and first President of the Dominican Republic, was unveiled at Hoa Binh Park in Hanoi on August 28.

Addressing the ceremony, Tran Thanh Man, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, said Professor Juan Bosch was the vanguard in the struggle against dictatorial regimes and oppression for the sake of independence, sovereignty, freedom and happiness of the Dominican people. 

He was always loved and admired by people in Dominica as well as Latin America thanks to his simple life and readiness to protect legitimate interests of the working class, the official said.

Juan Bosch supported and absolutely trusted President Ho Chi Minh’s leadership in the struggle for national liberation and reunification of Vietnam, Man said, adding that he was also the one “sowing of the first seeds of the solidarity and friendship between the two nations”.

The inauguration of the bust in Hanoi will help promote the friendship between the two nations’ people and help more Vietnamese people further understand the life and career of Juan Bosch as well as the Dominican Republic, Man noted.

General Secretary of the Dominican Republic’s United Left Movement Miguel Mejia, who is also Minister for Regional Integration Policies, said his country has built a park named after Ho Chi Minh and a bust of the late Vietnamese President. The Dominican people respect and consider Ho Chi Minh as a bright example of fighting for freedom and building the great national unity bloc, he said.

Mejia affirmed that it is the honour for the Dominican Republic to have a bust of Juan Bosch in Hanoi, and this is a critically important event in the bilateral relations.

Ho Chi Minh and Juan Bosch were the great leaders guiding people through challenges and difficulties to bring their countries to successes with the goals of peace, democracy and civilisation, he added.-VNA