Vietnam attaches great importance to the development of its cooperative relationship with Cuba and believes that with solidarity, both countries will build socialism successfully, said General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.
He made the statement during talks with visiting Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla in Hanoi on December 5.
General Secretary Nong Duc Manh receives visiting Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla (L) in Hanoi on December 5 (Photo: VNA)
The top Cuban diplomat expressed his admiration for the great achievements Vietnam has made under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
He also highly valued Vietnam’s contributions to the international community, especially in its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 term, as well as at international organizations and multilateral forums.
Mr. Parrilla said Cuba appreciated the solidarity and support Vietnam had given to Cuba in the past.
“Vietnam never forgets the whole-hearted support the Cuban people have given to Vietnam in its struggle for national liberation as well as during the country’s development,” Mr. Manh said in reply.
During talks with President Nguyen Minh Triet the same day, Mr. Parrilla said Cuba has been carrying out effective policies to boost the country’s development and improve the lives of citizens.
He said every Cuban citizen felt in their heart the solidarity from the Vietnamese as well as from progressive people in the world.
That solidarity was reflected through the fact that Cuba was among the top five topics discussed at a recent annual meeting of the UN General Council.
“Some shortcomings in the course of building socialism in Cuba for the past half century are inevitable, but the Cuban Party, State and people would never make a mistake that might lead to the fall of the regime,” Mr. Parrilla said.
President Nguyen Minh Triet said that the Vietnamese State and people always keep in mind the great support of the Cuban people and that Cuba is always an exemplary friend and a loyal comrade of Vietnam.
He expressed his belief that under the sound leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban people would overcome impacts of the US embargo to win greater achievements in their revolutionary cause.
Mr. Triet also sent his regards to Cuban President Raul Castro, comrade Fidel Castro, and other Cuban leaders.
The same day, Foreign Minister Parrilla met with Vietnamese Standing Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.