Vietnam’s Top Legislators Pay Visit to the Birthplace of the Cuban Revolution

Legislators from Vietnam concluded their visit to Cuba after making a stop in Santiago de Cuba.

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NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue lays flowers at the tomb of Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz. Photo: VGP
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue lays flowers at the tomb of Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz. Photo: VGP

The National Assembly Chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue, and the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández, paid their respects to Cuban national hero José Martí, leader Fidel Castro Ruz, Father of the Nation Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and “the mother of Cuba” Maria Grajales de Maceo on April 22 (Cuba time) by laying flowers at their tombs in the Santa Ifigennia Cemetery, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

At the cemetery, Chairman Hue emphasized that the Vietnamese Party, State and people will always remember the tremendous assistance that the Cuban Party, State and people have rendered to Vietnam throughout its past struggle for independence and unification, as well as its current efforts for national construction and defense.

 National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of People's Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández offer flowers at the grave of National Hero Jose Marti. Photo: VGP
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández offer flowers at the grave of National Hero Jose Marti. Photo: VGP

He expressed his unwavering confidence that, with the legacy and ideology of Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and the sound guidance of the new leadership, the Cuban people will be able to overcome all obstacles, remain steadfast in their pursuit of socialism, and create an increasingly prosperous and powerful nation.

He emphatically underscored that the Vietnamese Party, State, and people have always been and will continue to support and stand side-by-side with the Cuban people as they strive to achieve their revolutionary aims and ideals along the path to socialism.

NA Chairman Hue at the Moncada Barracks relic. Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Hue at the Moncada Barracks relic. Photo: VNA
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met with leaders of Santiago de Cuba city. Photo: VGP
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met with leaders of Santiago de Cuba city. Photo: VGP

On the same day, top legislators from Vietnam and Cuba visited the 26 of July Historical Museum and 26 of July School, which was formerly known as the Moncada Barracks.

Subsequently, they arrived at the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School in Santiago de Cuba, where they connected with and encouraged children with disabilities being cared for at the school, as well as their teachers and nurses.

On the special occasion, the leader of the Vietnamese National Assembly graciously gifted the school with ten computer sets, five tablets, a television, and toys crafted by children with disabilities in Vietnam.

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue presents gifts to students of Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School. Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue presents gifts to students of Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School. Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue visits the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School. Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue visits the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School. Photo: VNA

On the same day, Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue of the National Assembly and President Hernández of Cuba attended a special musical performance in Santiago de Cuba City to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam and the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro Ruz’s visit to Vietnam and the newly liberated zone in Quang Tri province.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP) Fernando Gonzalez Llort, who is also a member of the National Assembly of the People’s Power of Cuba, emphasized that the establishment of the Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam, now known as the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association (CVFA), was initially instigated by Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz.

He declared that the committee had initiated several initiatives to demonstrate solidarity with Vietnam, including launching a mass mobilization campaign to spread support for Vietnam around the nation and in international gatherings, such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and other organizations.

Vietnamese National Assembly Vice Chairman Tran Quang Phuong has firmly affirmed that Cuba has always been a faithful and reliable friend and brother to Vietnam, providing invaluable support to the country, especially during the toughest times of the Vietnamese revolution.

Vietnam will make every effort to safeguard, protect, nurture, and hand down the unique, profound, and enduring friendship between the two Parties, States, and peoples to future generations, he declared.

On the special occasion, Vietnamese Party and State leaders presented the Friendship Order of the Vietnamese State to the International Center for Animal Protection (ICAP), the Cuban Veterinary Federation (CVFA), and ICAP President Llort. Furthermore, the Friendship Medal was awarded to the CVFA Vice Chairman, Ruvislei González Saez, by Chairman Hue.

The event marked the culmination of NA Chairman Hue’s tour of Cuba before they headed off for an official trip to Argentina. It was the last activity of their visit to the island nation.

Hannah Nguyen