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Cuba and Vietnam sign political consultation plan between foreign ministries

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Cuba and Vietnam sign political consultation plan between foreign ministriesHAVANA, Cuba, May 21 (ACN) Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and Vietnam signed on Monday in Havana a plan of political consultations for the period 2020-2022 with the purpose of expanding bilateral cooperation.

On the Cuban side signed the document Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, and the Vietnamese side signed it Phan Binh Minh, deputy prime minister and foreign minister.
Previously both diplomats held talks at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba opportunity in which Rodriguez stressed that 2018 was a very productive year for bilateral ties, especially in the areas of trade, economics, diplomacy and politics, on issues such as experiences in building socialism and fluid exchange between foreign ministries.
Phan Binh Minh pointed out that during this period the presidents of both countries made official visits to Havana and Hanoi and in the first months of this year there has been an increase in the exchange between commercial delegations and from other sectors.
The Vietnamese vice premier program includes a meeting with Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Esteban Lazo, president of the National Assembly of People's Power.
Cuba was the first country in Latin America to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam (December 2, 1960) and Fidel Castro, the only statesman to visit the South Asian nation in the middle of the war, in September 1973.
The Southeast Asian country is the island's second largest trading partner in Asia - only behind China - with a bilateral exchange that in 2017 reached US$220 million and could reach US$500 million by 2020, according to projections.

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