A gathering takes place in the southern province of Ba Ria–Vung Tau to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks. (Photo: VNA)

Ba Ria–Vung Tau (VNA) – A gathering took place in the southern province of Ba Ria–Vung Tau to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks (July 26, 1953) that Cubans view as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

The event was hosted by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Organisation in the province with Cuban Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Indira Lopez Arguelelles, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Minh Thong and Vietnamese people who used to live and study in Cuba in attendance.

On July 26, 1953, a group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. Although they lost, this event paved the way for the insurrection against the regime of Dictator Fulgencio Batista and the establishment of the first agrarian-industrial country in the Western Hemisphere, taking Cuba to a new era of freedom and independence.

The gathering has increased mutual understanding and strengthened the brotherhood between Vietnam and Cuba built by President Ho Chi Minh, Cuban national hero Jose Martin and Cuban President Fidel Castro, said Consul General Arguelelles. This would lay a foundation for the two countries to explore new common things and cooperate for development, she noted.

In the contemporary history, there is no relationship as special as the one between the two Parties, Governments and people of Vietnam and Cuba, said Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Minh Thong. The two nations have always stood side by side in the struggle for national independence, freedom and happiness of their people, he added.

The brotherhood is a priceless treasure the two countries’ Parties and people have been nurturing and passing on to the next generations, the official stressed. 

Vietnam and Cuba set up diplomatic relations on February 12, 1960, making Cuba the first American country to establish ties with Vietnam.-VNA