VOV.VN - The presence of developing nations like Vietnam – a country which experienced wars for national liberation in the past and has recently recorded significant economic achievements – in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is of major significance.
Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Orlando Nicolás Hernández Guillén has made the statement in a recent media interview on the occasion of the lunar New Year.
He affirmed his nation’s great support for Vietnam’s election to the council in the 2023-2025 term.
Vietnam represents the struggle for human rights of its people, reflected through the nation’s history of struggling for national liberation, as well as its efforts to boost national development and international integration, and its fight for peace, he said, while hailing social progress gained by the country, especially in health care and education.
The Cuban Ambassador highlighted Vietnam’s tremendous achievements in economic recovery and development post COVID-19, notably the GDP growth rate of 8% in 2022 – the highest in Southeast Asia.
He attributed the results to the Vietnamese Government’s successful implementation of pandemic control measures, particularly the policy on vaccine diplomacy, which served as a basis to speed up the country’s recovery in a variety of fields.
Ambassador Orlando said that amid difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and worries about global economic recessions, Vietnam has devised effective solutions to make great strides in import and export activities, and foreign investment attraction, maintain stable macro-economic indicators, and keep the inflation rate under 4%.
These are admirable results, made possible by efforts to carry out the Party’s resolutions, the Government’s governance, and the business community’s active engagement, the Cuban diplomat said.
Regarding bilateral relations, he stressed that the Cuba-Vietnam relations cover all aspects of social life, and the two countries have maintained fine political relations, and close defence and security cooperation.
He noted his appreciation for the Southeast Asian nation’s role in ensuring food security for Cuba, and thanked it for providing rice and sending experts and technicians to help the Caribbean country in agricultural production.
The diplomat voiced his hope that the two nations will step up efforts to take bilateral economic and trade relations to new heights on a par with their tradition friendship, solidarity and cooperation.
He shared the happiness with the Vietnamese people on the arrival of the Year of Cat, saying that the lunar New Year give him an opportunity to learn about the traditional customs and culture of Vietnam as well as other Asian nations.