First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee Raul Castro (R) receives Sen. Lt. Gen. Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Head of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, in Havana on November 28 (Photo: VNA)

Havana (VNA) – A delegation of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence visited Cuba from November 25 to 28 to strengthen the friendship between the two countries, including between their armed forces.

The delegation, led by Sen. Lt. Gen. Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Head of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, had a meeting with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee Raul Castro in Havana on November 28 (local time).

They reviewed the development of the friendship between the peoples, Parties, Governments and armed forces of the two countries over the recent past.

Earlier, the Vietnamese officers were greeted in an official welcome ceremony at Monumento El Cacahual, the resting place of Cuban hero Antonio Maceo. The ceremony was hosted by Alvaro Lopez Miera – member of the PCC’s Politburo, First Deputy Minister of the Cuban Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and Chief of the General Staff of the country’s Revolutionary Armed Forces.

After that, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in defence and other issues of shared concern.

Talking to local media, Cuong said the two sides have the responsibility to continue enhancing the solidarity and trust between the two countries, especially defence relations – a key area of both sides.

During their stay, the delegation also paid respect to Ho Chi Minh at the late Vietnamese President’s monument in Havana, visited some military units, and met with staff of the Vietnamese Embassy.-VNA