During a meeting, President Vo Van Thuong expressed his appreciation for the visit by the Cuban guest, recognizing its importance on the 50th anniversary of Leader Fidel Castro’s visit to the Liberation Zone. President Thuong emphasized that this visit contributes to strengthening the special friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Cuba.

President Thuong highlighted that this occasion provides an opportunity for both nations to review their history of cooperation and the significant support provided by Fidel Castro, the Cuban State, and its people to Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation, construction, and development.

Vietnam has consistently supported Cuba’s cause of national construction and development, and remains committed to sharing in the difficulties and challenges faced by Cuba, including sanctions, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam has also been actively advocating for the end of the blockade against Cuba in various global and regional forums.

President Thuong suggested that both nations continue to work closely together to strengthen bilateral cooperation, implementing high-level agreements, existing cooperation mechanisms, dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, as well as promoting parliamentary diplomacy and people-to-people exchanges.

President Thuong extended his congratulations to Cuba for successfully hosting the G77+China Summit, which demonstrated Cuba’s positive contributions to global issues and its growing position in the international arena.

In response to Hernandez’s proposals, President Thuong agreed to encourage Vietnamese businesses to invest in Cuba, boost two-way trade, and create favorable conditions for the exchange of goods between the two nations’ markets.

Hernandez expressed his gratitude for the solidarity and practical support provided by Vietnam to the Cuban Revolution over the years, especially during the current difficult times. He also briefed President Thuong on the recent situation in Cuba and the policies and solutions being implemented by the Cuban Party and State to improve people’s living conditions and the socio-economic situation in the coming time.

Hernandez expressed Cuba’s interest in learning from Vietnam’s experiences in organizing and managing small-sized enterprises and hoped for increased investment from Vietnamese firms in Cuba in the near future.

Earlier, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez and his delegation paid their respects at President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum.