Cuba, Vietnam hold political consultation

(VOV) - Cuba and Vietnam have agreed to work closely together to improve medium- and long-term economic cooperation, as well as exchange of both theoretical and practical experience in areas of mutual concern to serve the national interest and development.

A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry delegation led by Deputy Minister Ho Xuan Son visited Cuba from March 2-5 to conduct political consultations between the two foreign ministries.

During the four-day visit, Son held talks with his Cuban counterpart Marcelino Medina, met with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee and Head of the Commission for External Affairs Jose Ramon Balaguer, and Minister of Foreign Trade and Overseas Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz and visited a number of historical and cultural relic sites.

The visit took place at a time when the time-honoured friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba have been consolidated with the intention of implementing the agreements reached during exchange visits between Party Leader Nguyen Phu Trong and President Raul Castro in 2012.

Delegates from both sides informed each other of current affairs in their respective countries and discussed specific measures to promote common goals. They also agreed to upgrade bilateral relations in an effective and sustainable manner across fields such as diplomacy, trade, oil and gas, telecommunications, agriculture, science-technology, culture and education.

Son compared notes with Cuban leaders on international and regional issues of common concern and agreed to coordinate and reciprocate support at multilateral forums such as the UN, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in order to protect the two countries’ legitimate interests and elevate their international status.