Deputy Standing Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong welcomed President of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) Kenia Serrano Puig and her delegation yesterday on the occasion of attending the 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference for Solidarity with Cuba in Hanoi on September 8- 9 as scheduled.
Deputy Standing Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong (fifth from left) offers a souvenir gift to President of ICAF Ms. Kenia Serrano Puig.(Photo:SGGP)
At the meeting, Deputy Secretary Vo Van Thuong affirmed that the Vietnamese people always remember and is grateful for the supports of the Cuban people in the past.
42 years ago, Cuban President Fidel Castro made a historic visit to Vietnam and said: “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to devote its blood” which became the everlasting belief of friendly relations between the two countries, he said.
Through the 7th Asia Pacific Regional Conference for Solidarity with Cuba, problems of struggling to ease the US economic embargo against Cuba, international solidarity as Viet Nam will strong support for the United States-Cuba relationship normalization, added Deputy Secretary Vo Van Thuong.
The deputy secretary expressed his believe that in the new development period, relations between Vietnam and Cuba in general and relations between Ho Chi Minh City and locals in Cuba would develop further.
HCMC always pays tribute and appreciates cooperation and outstanding contributions of Cuba for city’s development in the fields of biological industries, vaccine research and innovation, he said.
Ms. Kenia Serrano Puig thanked HCMC for the warm welcome for the Cuban delegation during the visit and said that she was deeply impressed with strong development of Ho Chi Minh City in the previous years.
She also expressed her desire that the visit is a chance to tighten further Cuba- Vietnam friendly cooperation relations in all fields.
Earlier, the delegation visited Saigon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper. Editor in Chief of Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper Nguyen Tan Phong was on behalf of the editorial board to introduce SGGP Newspaper's activities as well as outstanding achievements in the recent years.
SGGP Newspaper has brought images about the country and people of Cuba closer to Vietnamese readers. Besides, Vietnam- Cuba friendship unit of Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper established in 2003 has called on enterprises supporting VND 1 billion to buy books, notebooks for Cuba students.
On the same day, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Committee in HCMC, HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations and Vietnam- Cuba Friendship Association in the city welcomed Cuban delegation.