A get-together was held in Hanoi on April 19 to mark the 51st anniversary of Cuba 's Giron victory (April 19, 1961).

Attending the event were Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Van Kien, Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Organisation Nguyen Duy Cuong and Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Fredesman Turro Gonzalez among others.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Organisation Nguyen Duy Cuong congratulated Cuban people on achievements they have made in the past.

He expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, Cuban people will harvest greater achievements in the economic model update.

He also spoke highly of the development of the traditional friendship and solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in recent years, which were reflected by regular visits by high-ranking leaders.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s recent visit helped further strengthen the fraternity and solidarity between Vietnam and Cuba , he noted.

Cuban Military Attaché Jose Rolando Castro thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their strong support and valuable solidarity for Cuban people over the past years.

Earlier, a similar ceremony was also held in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the great victory of Cuba .

Over 50 years ago, more than 1,500 US-trained mercenary troops landed at Giron beach as part of a scheme to overthrow the fledgling Cuban government. Under the direct command of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, the invasion was repelled on April 19, 1961 after less than 72 hours.-VNA