General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang hosted receptions for a visiting Cuban Party delegation led by Politburo member and Vice President of the Council of State Salvador Valdes Mesa, in Hanoi on May 29.

During the meetings, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong spoke highly of Cuba’s great achievement in the process of updating the social-economic model and recent diplomatic victories which he said would lay foundations for Cuba to achieve more positive results in social-economic development and successfully build a prosperous and sustainable socialist country.

The Party leader updated the delegation on the situation in Vietnam, especially preparations for the 12th National Party Congress.

Meanwhile, State President Sang said the trip taking place on the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries would contribute to further promoting the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba.

The President also wanted the Governments of the two countries and the subcommittees of their Inter-governmental Commission to study and formulate new measures and mechanisms suitable with conditions of the two countries to make bilateral cooperation more effective and practical.

Salvador Valdes Mesa congratulated Vietnam on the country’s great achievements over the past years and believed that Vietnam will reap even greater success in the reform process.

He expressed his gratitude for Vietnam’s assistance and confirmed Cuba’s determination to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

The Cuban delegation previously held talks with a Vietnamese Party delegation led by Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and Standing Secretary of the Party Central Committee Secretariat.

During their talks, the two sides informed each other of each country’s situation, discussed relevant issues and measures to realise cooperation agreements signed by the two parties and countries.

During their stay, the Cuban delegation paid respect to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and held working sessions with officials of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Ogranisation, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education. They also visited HCM City, Can Tho City and Quang Ninh province.-VNA