Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Vo Van Thuong (R) receives deputy head of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee’s Department for External Relations Carlos Marsan (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Vo Van Thuong has affirmed the consistent support and solidarity of the Vietnamese Party, State and people to their Cuban counterparts.

He made the affirmation at a reception in Hanoi on January 12 for a visiting delegation from the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee’s Department for External Relations led by its deputy head Carlos Marsan.

Thuong, who is also head of the CPVCC’s Commission for Information and Education, suggested the two parties actively prepare for delegation exchanges in 2018, as well as activities to celebrate 45 years since the visit by Cuban leader Fidel Castro to the southern liberation zone of Vietnam (September 1973-2018).

He said he believes that such activities will contribute to further deepening the exemplary brotherhood, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and loyal solidarity between the Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Cuba.

For his part, Carlos Marsan thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their consistent support and solidarity given to Cuba, underscoring his country’s determination to reinforce the bilateral special ties.

Briefing his host on Cuba’s situation and its economic update achievements, he said the Party, Sate and people of Cuba will continue pursuing the goal of building Cuba into a prosperous socialist country.

Earlier, Carlos Marsan met with Hoang Binh Quan, head of the CPVCC’s Commission for External Relations, and his deputy Nguyen Tuan Phong. The two sides discussed a wide range of regional and international issues of mutual concern and agreed on specific measures to foster ties between the two Parties and States.

During their stay, the Cuban delegation paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum, and laid flowers at the Statue of Jose Marti in Hanoi. They worked with representatives of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, the Communist Review, the Foreign Ministry, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee.

They also visited Ho Chi Minh City and Ninh Binh province.-VNA