Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (fifth, right) and members of the Vietnamese delegation pose for a photo in front of the President Ho Chi Minh monument in Havana (Source: VNA)

Havana (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong on March 28 (local time) laid a floral wreath at the President Ho Chi Minh Monument in the Hoa Binh (Peace) Park upon his arrival in Havana capital city for a State visit to Cuba.

The President Ho Chi Minh Monument is located in the 5,600 square-metres Hoa Binh Park on the Avenue 26, Nuevo Vedado in the downtown of Havana. It was inaugurated on May 19, 2003 to mark the 113th birthday of the late President.

Lazara Mecerdes Lospes Acea, Vice President of the Council of State and First Secretary of the Havana city Party Committee, staff and local residents in Nuevo Vedado area, Revolution Square district were also present at the event.

Later the same day, Party General Secretary Trong met with officials and staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese community in Cuba.

[Photos: Party chief begins State visit to Cuba]

He updated the participants on Vietnam’s socio-economic development, achievements over the past year as well as the goals and measures the Party and State are implementing to ensure the nation’s rapid and sustainable growth, as well as build the strong and transparent Party and political system.

The Party leader hailed the efforts made by officials and staff of the embassy for overcoming difficulties and promoting solidarity and sense of responsibility to fulfil their tasks, including their thorough preparations for his four-day State visit to Cuba from March 28.

They have made active contribution to effectively implementing cooperation agreements between senior leaders of the two countries, thus further deepening the Vietnam – Cuba special relations.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is on a State visit to Cuba at the invitation of First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers Raul Castro Ruz.

This is the first high-level meeting between the two countries after the passing away of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz in 2016, and also the Vietnamese Party chief’s first visit to Latin-America following the 12th National Congress of the CPV the same year. 

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