At the reception (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Dinh Dang Quang hosted a reception in Hanoi on April 11 for President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP) Fernando Gonzalez Llort, who is in Vietnam from April 9-15.

Quang told the guest that the VNA chapter of the Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association (VCFA) was founded in 2001 with 57 members, including VNA staff who studied and worked in Cuba or relatives of those who did and are studying in the country.

He added that the VNA is Vietnam’s the only press agency to form the chapter, which is also considered one of the most effective ones.

According to him, the chapter has increased coverage of Cuba and bilateral ties, held photo exhibitions on bilateral friendship, Cuba and its country and people, joined celebrations of Cuba’s major festivals and the anniversary of Vietnam – Cuba diplomatic ties, contributing to strengthening solidarity with Cuban people.

The host said the chapter’s members are a pillar force to reinforce ties between the VNA and Cuba’s State-run news agency Prensa Latina, including compilation and publication of Vietnam Pictorial in Spanish language in Cuba.

He hoped that the ICAP will continue working closely with Vietnam’s agencies, including the VNA and its Vietnam-Cuba friendship chapter to further expand bilateral ties in promising fields.

Llort, for his part, said the ICAP is tasked with supporting foreign students in Cuba, including those from Vietnam.

The guest expressed his belief that the VNA and its Vietnam – Cuba friendship chapter will make active and effective contributions to deepening ties between Vietnam and Cuba, and between Vietnam and Latin American countries in general.

The ICAP has a network of chapters and partner groups across 160 countries worldwide and backed Vietnam’s fight for independence in the past.

Earlier, the Cuban delegation laid a wreath at the Monument of José Marti, leader of Cuba’s independence movement.-VNA