Vietnam always attaches importance to the fraternal solidarity, traditional friendship and close cooperation with Cuba, a Vietnamese official has said.

Tran Quoc Vuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Chief of its Office, made the affirmation in Hanoi on May 29 while receiving a delegation from the Cuban Communist Youth League Central Committee led by its member Yuniasky Crespo Baquero.

He praised the youth unions and young generations of the two countries for their great role and responsibility in inheriting and promoting the bilateral ties over the past time.

Vuong expressed his belief that they will continuously improve the quality of ongoing joint programmes as well as seek to expand cooperation to new areas.

Also at the reception, Vuong informed his guests of China’s illegal placement of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, which violated Vietnam ’s sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction.

Vietnam’s consistent policy is to resolve the issue by peaceful means on the basis of international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in particular, he said, adding the country seeks Cuba’s support for its just struggle.

For his part, Yuniasky Crespo Baquero affirmed the Cuban Communist Youth League always values the friendship and cooperation between the two Parties, two States and their people.

She said she hopes that the two Parties and States will continue creating favourable conditions for both sides’ youth unions to enhance their exchange activities, contributing to fostering the fraternal solidarity and traditional friendship between Vietnam and Cuba.-VNA