The Bonds of Revolutionary Solidarity: Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro

Nguyen Trong Nghia, Head of the Central Propaganda Department, pointed out the close connection between President Ho Chi Minh and Cuban Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro's philosophies and revolutionary thoughts.

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Ho Chi Minh & Fidel Castro: Leaders of Communist Brotherhood
Head of the Central Propaganda Department Nguyen Trong Nghia speaks at the seminar on the contributions of President Ho Chi Minh and Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro to Vietnam-Cuba relations. Photo: VNA

Within the framework of the official visit to Cuba from August 22-24, a delegation of the Communist Party of Vietnam led by Nguyen Trong Nghia, secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the Central Propaganda Department, coordinated with the Communist Party of Cuba to organize a seminar on the contributions of President Ho Chi Minh and Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro to the
Vietnam-Cuba relations.

Speaking at the event, Nghia said the speeches by Director of the Military History Research Center José M. Cereijo Torres and former Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Fredesmán Turro González highlighted the profound significance and noble values in the revolutionary thoughts of the two Vietnamese and Cuban leaders.

The Head of the Central Propaganda Department emphasized that there are many similarities between the two personalities and revolutionary ideology.

President Ho Chi Minh and Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro were both pioneers who paved the way and took the lead in the struggle for people, the uncompromising struggle against colonialism, oppression, and injustice.

The two leaders not only strived and devoted their whole lives to the cause of national liberation of Cuba and Vietnam, but also showed the two peoples the path of a radical liberation struggle.

This helps to firmly ensure the people’s independence, freedom, and happiness – the path associated with national independence and socialism.

Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee and head of its Ideological Department Rogelio Polanco Fuentes highlighted a need to disseminate the ideologies of leader Fidel and President Ho Chi Minh, who laid the foundation for the Cuba-Vietnam relationship. It is a special friendship marked by exceptional, genuine, and transparent camaraderie, which is rare in international relations.

During the visit, Nguyen Trong Nghia paid courtesy calls to Politburo member and permanent member of the PCC Central Committee’s Secretariat Roberto Morales Ojeda, Politburo member and Vice President of Cuba Salvador Valdés Mesa, met with Secretary of the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Council of State of Cuba Homero Acosta Álvarez, and held a working session with President of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television Alfonso Noya Martinez.

At the working sessions, the delegation emphasized the purpose of the visit to contribute to consolidating and tightening the special friendship relationship with the Communist Party of Cuba.

They promote cooperation on the Party channel, share experience in ideological research, and political, and ethical education, disseminate and safeguard ideological foundations, and counter false and distorted accusations.

Ho Chi Minh & Fidel Castro: Leaders of Communist Brotherhood
Head of the Central Propaganda Department Nguyen Trong Nghia met with Politburo member and permanent member of the PCC Central Committee’s Secretariat Roberto Morales Ojeda. Photo: VNA

Cuban leaders welcomed Nghia’s first visit in their capacity as head of the Commission for Information and Education, which took place at a time when Cuba recently celebrated the 97th birth anniversary of Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926-August 13, 2023), and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Moncada barracks (July 26, 1953-July 26, 2023).

At the meeting with staff of the Embassy, representative agencies of Vietnam, students, and expatriates in Cuba, Nguyen Trong Nghia informed about the views, policies, and guidelines of the Party and State, the
situation of socio-economic development, foreign affairs, and international integration of the country.

Nguyen Trong Nghia appreciated the contributions and achievements of the Embassy and representative agencies in recent years.

He encouraged officials and employees of the Embassy and representative agencies to continue their efforts to better fulfill the political tasks assigned by the Party and State.

He also hoped that the overseas Vietnamese would continue to integrate well with the host country, and at the same time turn to their homeland, promoting the important role of a bridge to further tighten the Vietnam-Cuba friendship.

Rosie Nguyen