The Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association led by its Vice Chairman Pham Tien Tu paid a working visit to the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People (ICAP) on December 3.

ICAP President Kenia Serrano described the visit as a symbol of the traditional friendship and solidarity between the two Parties and peoples.

Serrano briefed the Vietnamese side on ICAP and Cuban friendship organisations’ key activities in recent time, as well as immediate and long- term difficulties that Cuba has been experiencing under the current embargo.

Regarding action plans for the future, the ICAP President stressed that Cuba will pay special attention to strengthening exchange activities with international friendship organisations, including Vietnam , in 2013. It is in attempt to obtain support from the international community for the lifting of the current embargo and the release of the five anti-terrorist soldiers illegally jailed in the US .

The Vietnamese people and the Association’s friendship activities are highly valued, she said. Serrano also thanked the Vietnamese Party, Government, and people for their wholehearted support for Cuba .

Tu spoke highly of Cuban sentiment for Vietnam ’s past liberation cause and its Agent Orange victims. He expressed his hope that the two sides will further enhance friendship activities in the coming time, strengthening the special cooperative relationship between Vietnam and Cuba .

On the same day, Deputy Chief of the Party Central Committee Department for International Relations Oscar Martinez Corcoves gave a reception to the Vietnamese delegation at its headquarters.

The two sides briefed each other on recent world developments, in particular the Middle East , and expressed their support for the Palestinian people’s fight for recognition as a legitimate, sovereign and independent state.

During the visit to Cuba from November 26 to December 4, the Vietnamese delegation attended the international conference in the Eastern Prefecture of Holguin for the release of the five Cuban heroes, and visited some friendship organisations in Havana. /.