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Cuban President arrives in Vietnam on official visit

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Cuban President arrives in Vietnam on official visitHAVANA, Cuba, Nov 9 (ACN) Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, arrived on Thursday night in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, for an official and friendly visit of three days, during which he will meet with the main leaders of that Asian nation.

Vietnam Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres, who will join her delegation, welcomed him at the Noi Bai International Airport, according to Prensa Latina.
The delegation also includes Ricardo Cabrisas, vice-president of the Council of Ministers; Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, as well as the Ministers of Communications, Jorge Luis Perdomo; of Industries, Alfredo Lopez, and Energy and Mines, Raul Garcia.

Likewise, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra; the First Vice-Minister of Transport, Eduardo Rodríguez, and the Director of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emilio Lozada.

This Friday, the Cuban President will meet with his Vietnamese counterpart and Secretary General of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong; the Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc; and the head of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Diaz-Canel's visit has a high sentimental value given the close friendship that for almost 60 years has been cultivated between the two peoples by their historic leaders, Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh.

One of the first activities that the Cuban president will carry out will be to lay a floral wreath at the mausoleum that holds the remains of the architect of independence and national reunification; a similar gesture will have before the Monument to the Heroes and Martyrs of War.

His intense agenda in Hanoi includes reviewing with his hosts the progress of the commercial, economic and cooperation links between both countries with the intention, on both sides, of elevating them to the level of excellence that political relations have had throughout all these years.

Friday´s signing of a new trade agreement, which will govern the countries' operations in this field over the next few years, will contribute decisively to this, and the President of the Councils of State and Ministers will also attend a forum with local businessmen.

In the last five years the bilateral commercial exchanges averaged over 240 million dollars per year, but the shared aspiration is more than to double that amount in the short term and reaffirm the Indochinese nation as the second most important partner of the island in Asia.

Díaz-Canel is scheduled to travel on Saturday to Ho Chi Minh City (some 1,760 kilometers south of Hanoi), Vietnam's most populous city and its main economic, industrial and financial center.

The Cuban president arrived in Hanoi after completing a similar mission in Russia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and China, as part of a tour aimed at strengthening relations with those nations. He will stay in Vietnam until Saturday and then leave for Laos.

 

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