Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vietnam strives to promote co-operation with Cuba

Nhân Dân

Last updated: 16:34 - April 14, 2007

The Vietnamese government will spare no efforts to promote multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the affirmation while receiving Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, in Hanoi, on April 13.

PM Dung expressed his pleasure at the development of Vietnam-Cuba special relations, to which the two foreign ministries have made effective contributions.

The PM also spoke highly of achievements the Cuban people made in the recent past, especially in health care and education. He said he believed that under the leadership of President Fidel Castro, Cuba will continue to record more fruitful achievements in all sectors.

PM Dung availed himself of the occasion to send his best regards to President Fidel Castro, wishing the President to get well soon.

FM Minister Roque expressed his thanks to the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their support and solidarity with Cuba. He also highly appreciated the bilateral trade and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group's involvement in exploring oil in Cuba.

On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and the Cuban Foreign Minister co-chaired a press briefing in Hanoi.

Minister Roque affirmed that the two countries have the potential to develop economic cooperation while answering correspondents' queries on bilateral ties.

Deputy PM Khiem said Vietnam and Cuba plans to bolster their economic and trade ties. He elaborated that Vietnam can export aquatic products, agricultural and light industrial products, and consumer goods to Cuba as well as promote cooperation in oil and gas exploration, medicine production, information technology and education. (VNA)

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