The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People and the Vietnamese Embassy on April 25 visited residents of Ben Tre village in Cuba’s Artemisa province to celebrate the 39th anniversary of Vietnam’s Liberation Day (April 30, 1975).

Talking to locals, Vietnamese Ambassador Duong Minh hailed the support of Cuban people, including Ben Tre villagers, to Vietnam during the Southeast Asian country’s struggle for the national freedom.

He described the visit of former Cuban President Fidel Castro to a liberated area in central Quang Tri province in 1973 as a landmark in the two countries’ solidarity.

On this occasion, the embassy presented gifts to pupils of the Mártires de Tarará primary school and the Amiguitos de los Vietnamitas (Little friends of Vietnam) kindergarten.

Ben Tre village is a member of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association.

In 1969, a group of Vietnamese students in Cuba named the village after Vietnam’s Ben Tre province, which was the first southern locality to be free in the US war in 1975.-VNA