Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Vietnamese Vice-president on Official Visit to Cuba
AIN/FOTO Marisol Ruiz Soto
HAVANA, Cuba, October 21 (ACN) Vietnamese Vice-president Nguyen Thi Doan, arrived in Havana on Tuesday on an official visit, which she said would contribute to strengthen the fraternal ties existing between the two nations.
Cuba’s Minister of Labor and Social Security, Alfredo Morales Cartaya, welcomed the senior Vietnamese official at Havana’s José Martí International Airport.
Upon her arrival, Thi Doan said, “We are two sister nations of the same kind, which have always shared what we’ve had.” For his part, Morales Cartaya expressed the satisfaction of Cuban authorities for having such a distinguished representative of the Vietnamese people on the island.
“We have always had one another,” pointed out the visitor from the Asian nation of more than 84 million inhabitants and an area of more than 333,000 square kilometers.
Thi Dian is accompanied by Nguyen Kim Ngan, who is the minister of Labor and Social Security and president of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association; Nguyen Thi Tan Hoa, president of the Association of Women from the homeland of Ho Chi Minh; as well as other officials from the Vietnamese government and its foreign minister.
During her stay on the island, which will extend until Friday, the Vietnamese vice-president will hold official talks with the vice-president of the Cuban Council of State, Carlos Lage Dávila, and will meet with other leaders of the Cuban government and the Communist Party. In addition, she will visit places of economic and social interest.
On Monday, the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association presented $10,000 to the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association as a gesture of solidarity toward the Caribbean island. The donation was an initiative of Vietnamese citizen Le Van Kiem, which shows the depth of the ties between the two peoples that are attempting to build socialism and a fairer society.
The solid bonds between Vietnam and Cuba, which date back to December 2, 1960, cover a range of areas and are undertaken on the basis of mutual respect and solidarity.
Historically, Vietnam has condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba by the United States, as well as Washington’s anti-Cuban actions of a destabilizing and extraterritorial nature.
At present, Vietnam is promoting a massive campaign to collect funds to support Cuban victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, despite the fact that that the Asian nation is now working to recover from the serious damage that Cyclone Mekkhala inflicted on five of its provinces. Also during her stay, the Vietnamese vice-president will donate $300,000 to Cuba.
The visit by the senior Vietnamese official will contribute to deepening the already excellent ties of friendship between the two governments, developed within the existing framework of the historical bonds of camaraderie and solidarity between the peoples of Cuba and Vietnam, highlighted Granma newspaper in its Tuesday edition.