President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (Photo: AFP/VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Mario Diaz Canel Bermudez and his spouse will pay an official visit to Vietnam from November 8-10.

The visit will be made at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Vietnam-Cuba solidarity and fraternal relationship, which were fostered by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro, have developed across spheres, becoming a valuable asset and a source of great encouragement for the revolutionary cause of each country.

Since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in December 1960, their solidarity, mutual support and comprehensive cooperation have been strengthened.

The bilateral political ties have been reflected through the regular exchange of visits between the two countries’ Party, State and Government leaders. Apart from intensifying delegation exchange between agencies of the Parties, ministries, agencies and businesses, the two countries have regularly and effectively implemented cooperation mechanisms.

At the same time, the two countries have cooperated and supported each other at international organisations and multilateral forums, particularly the United Nations.

Vietnam persistently backs Cuba’s request for the removal of the US’s embargo against the country and commits to supporting the country’s bid for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council for 2021-2023.

Along with the political ties, Vietnam and Cuba have also paid heed to economic and trade bonds through a wide range of programmes and projects. In 2016, two-way trade reached 235 million USD, while the figure rose to 224.3 million USD in 2017. The two sides are striving to raise the bilateral trade to 500 million USD by 2020.

Earlier this year, Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong paid a state visit to the Caribbean country from March 28-30 to consolidate mutual political trust and step up bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment in a more pragmatic and effective manner.-VNA