Vietnam presents 5,000 tonnes of rice as gift for Cuba hinh anh 1Representatives of the General Department of State Reserves of Vietnam and the Cuba Food Import-Export Corporation exchange the signed document on the handover of the 5,000 tonnes of rice (Photo: VNA)

Havana (VNA) – Up to 5,000 tonnes of rice that are the gift of the Vietnamese Party, State and people for the Cuban people were symbolically presented at a ceremony in Havana on September 14.

The gift, which has arrived at the Port of Mariel in the western province of Artemisa, was announced during a visit to the Caribbean nation by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong last March.

Attending the ceremony were General Director of the General Department of State Reserves of Vietnam Do Viet Duc, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Nguyen Trung Thanh and Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Antonio Carricarte, among others.

Duc said he was happy to visit Cuba amid the 45th anniversary of its leader Fidel Castro’s visit to Vietnam – a milestone in Cuba’s precious material and spiritual support to the Southeast Asian nation.

He underlined the faithful sentiment and support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people for Cuba’s revolutionary cause and congratulated the country on the recent achievements in updating its socio-economic model.

For his part, Antonio Carricarte appreciated the gift as well as Vietnam’s assistance to Cuba in improving its rice production capacity.

Noting the countries’ steadfast relations and each side’s development demand, he voiced his belief in the huge potential for expanding bilateral cooperation, particularly in investment, trade and services exchange.–VNA