CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz inspect the guard of honour (Photo: VNA)

Havana (VNA) – The State visit to Cuba by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong demonstrates Vietnam’s respect for the historical values of Cuba’s revolution and its wish to consolidate relations with the Latin American nation.

The remark was made by Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera, Chairman of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee’s Department for External Relations, in an interview given to Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the visit.

He reiterated that Cuba-Vietnam ties are pure, faithful and fraternal relations. Cuba attaches special importance to continuing to develop this relationship which can be assessed as exemplary.

The trip by the CPV leader reflects the two Parties, Governments and peoples’ resolve to foster and materialise bilateral connections. It sends a message about the solidarity and the will to support each other of the communists in the current global situation.

Vietnam is an example for not only Cuba but also the whole world, particularly progressive movements and forces in the world, he said, adding that the CPV has artfully led Vietnam’s reforms, which have resulted in widely recognised successes.

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Since Cuba’s revolution became successful in January 1, 1959, Cuban and Vietnamese people have embarked on a long and uninterrupted path of friendship and comradeship.

During the Vietnamese leader’s tour, youths of the two countries joined in an exchange. The Cuban official said young people need to strengthen the special bilateral ties, which were nurtured by late President Ho Chi Minh and Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.

The core of the two nations’ sentiment was shaped in the ideology of Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh. Studying their works and making their ideas come true is the best way for the youths to solidify Cuba-Vietnam connections, he noted.

Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera said bilateral economic-trade partnerships began on December 2, 1966, when the countries signed the first agreements. Since then, the relations in this field have been expanded and diversified.

Their economic ties can be reinforced through optimising this aspect according to each country’s conditions. This is an achievable target as both sides share a common political will, he added.-VNA