Havana, mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (PCV), Nguyen Phu Trong, made a state visit to Cuba this week during which he fulfilled an extensive program and spoke with the highest authorities of the country.
One of the first activities of the party leader was a tribute to the National Hero of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, in a monument erected in his honor last Wednesday in Havana.
On Thursday, Nguyen Phu Trong met with Cuban President Raúl Castro, who reviewed the state of bilateral relations and agreed to strengthen them.
In addition, both attended the signing of nine agreements to strengthen government and business cooperation, which complemented others signed by officials of the two countries earlier in the same day.
Immediately afterward, the secretary general of the PCV decorated Raúl Castro with the Order of the Golden Star, the highest distinction in Vietnam.
After receiving the order, the Antillean president highlighted the ties between both nations. ‘The close friendship between Cuba and Vietnam has passed the test of time,’ he said.
Prior to the meeting, Nguyen Phu Trong paid homage to the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí (1853-1895), in the memorial that bears the name of the independence leader.
Earlier on Thursday, he talked to the island’s parliament president, Esteban Lazo, participated in the closing of a forum of the communist youth of both nations and visited the Vo Thi Thang primary school in the capital, where he made a donation of resources and acknowledged Cuba’s achievements in education.
He also received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in Political Sciences from the University of Havana, in whose Aula Magna he gave a lecture.
The day before, the secretary general of the PCV traveled with President Raúl Castro to the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, where he paid tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro at the Santa Efigenia Cemetery. He also placed a wreath in that cemetery to José Martí.
Cuba and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1960, both of which are qualified as excellent links and enshrined in the common goal of promoting socialism and sustainable development.