Despite geographical distance, Vietnam and Cuba always support each other in their national defence and construction over the last 55 years, said a senior official of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisation (VUFO).

Phung Cong Dung, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the VUFO, made the remark on December 30 at a ceremony held in the city to mark the 55 th anniversary of Cuba’s National Day which falls on January 1.

He recalled the fight for liberation in Cuba and the country’s valuable support given to Vietnam over the last decades.

Citizens in Ho Chi Minh City and people across Vietnam are exerting every effort to nurture the two countries’ traditional friendship, he added.

Bernabe Garcia Valido, Cuban Consul General in the City highlighted the special relationship between the two nations, saying the visits to Vietnam made by high-ranking Cuban delegations manifest the desire to strengthen Vietnam-Cuba comprehensive cooperation.-VNA