Vietnam, Cuba consolidate defence cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam and Cuba will strengthen national defence cooperation through increasing visit exchanges and sharing experience in military development and expertise training.

The agreement was reached during talks in Havana on October 21 between Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces and Army Corps (FAR) Minister Cintra Frias and the Vietnam People’s Army’s General Politics Department Director Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich.

Incoming recruits must be well versed in the revolutionary history of the alliance, they said.

The two leaders noted the role of their countries’ Party organisations in defending the socialist regime against insidious schemes by hostile forces attempting to sabotage the revolutionary fruit in each country.

Minister Cintra Frias used the talks to affirm the special bond and solidarity shared between the Cuban people and military and their Vietnamese comrades. He expressed his belief Lich’s visit will propel the traditional defence relationship between Cuba and Vietnam to new heights.

For his part, Lich said the seeds of Vietnamese and Cuban friendship were planted by President Ho Chi Minh and President Fidel Castro and have since flourished into an exemplary model for each country’s international relations.

The Vietnamese people and military establishment will always bear in their mind Fidel Castro’s famous commitment, “For Vietnam, Cuba is ready to shed its blood,” Lich said.

He praised Cuba’s historical achievements and stressed Vietnam’s consistent support for its ally’s socialist construction.

Lich and Cintra also noted with satisfaction the closer national defence cooperation between the two countries, highlighting the progress recorded after the signing of their cooperative development agreement.

Lich conveyed Vietnamese defence leaders’ invitations to Minister-Senior Lieutenant General Cintra Frias and FAR Political Department Chief Lieutenant General Carrillo Gomez to visit Vietnam at appropriate times.