Delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate Fidel Park in Quang Tri province (Source: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) - The central province of Quang Tri on September 15 inaugurated the Fidel Park to mark 45 years since Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s visit to the liberated region in southern Vietnam in 1973.

Attending the inaugural ceremony were First Vice President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Salvador Valdés Mesa; Politburo member and permanent member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee  (CPVCC)’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong; Politburo member, member of the CPVCC’s Secretariat and head of the CPVCC’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai, who is also President of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association; and Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha, who is Co-chair of the Vietnam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee, among others.

Speaking at the event, Truong Thi Mai said that the inauguration of the park on this occasion is of significance, demonstrating the love of people in Quang Tri in particular and Vietnam in general for Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The brotherhood between Vietnam and Cuba will last forever, she stressed.

After the inauguration ceremony, the Vietnamese and Cuban delegates planted trees at the park.

The Fidel Park is built on an area of 6 hectares in Dong Ha city with an investment of over 137 billion VND (5.86 million USD).

Addressing a grand meeting in Quang Tri on September 14 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s visit, Tran Quoc Vuong stated that Fidel’s trip to the liberated zone brought solidarity and valuable support of the Cuban people to Vietnam.

His presence in the zone amidst dangers and hardships was a great source of encouragement to southern residents and soldiers, as well as the Vietnamese people during the anti-US resistance war, he added.

Fidel made three visits to Vietnam in September 1973, December 1995, and February 2003.

He was the first foreign leader to visit the newly-liberated area in the south of Vietnam during the anti-US resistance war. He was also a national leader who took the initiative in international movements to support Vietnam’s struggle for national independence and reunification, along with its process of national development and defence.

With all his great contributions, the Cuban leader was presented with the two noblest orders of the Vietnamese State: the Golden Star Order in 1982 and the Ho Chi Minh Order in 1989.–VNA