Cuban Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla will pay an official visit to Vietnam from September 9-12 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh.

The visit aims to strengthen and consolidate the special friendship between Vietnam and Cuba and speed up the implementation of cooperation agreements signed by the two countries.

During the visit, the two sides will also develop plans to organise a number of activities in celebration of the 55 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations in 2015. Furthermore, the two parties will talk about regional and global issues of common concern.

The traditional Vietnamese-Cuban friendship and special comprehensive cooperation have gone from strength to strength in recent years. Regular visits of high-ranking officials have proven effective in establishing a win-win situation for both sides.

The Cuban and Vietnamese Ministries of Foreign Affairs worked together closely to hold annual political consultations at the deputy ministerial level and support each other in international organisations and multilateral forums.

With regard to economics, Vietnam’s two-way trade with Cuba totaled 175 million USD in 2012 and 203.7 million USD in the first nine months of 2013.

Vietnam exports rice, coal, chemicals, garments and computers to Cuba whilst importing pharmaceuticals from the Caribbean country.

Annually Vietnam provides over 200,000 tonnes of rice for Cuba.

The two countries signed a mid-term economic agenda in March 2014 and are preparing for the 32 nd meeting of their intergovernmental committee, scheduled for October in Havana.-VNA