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Photo exhibition marks Fidel’s historic visit to Vietnam

An exhibition displaying 45 photographs capturing Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s visit to the liberated zone in southern Vietnam 45 years ago, as well as wider people-to-people relations between Vietnam and Cuba, opened in the central province of Quang Tri on September 14.

The event was co-organised by the provincial People’s Committee and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), with the attendance of a high-level Cuban delegation led by First Vice President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers Salvado Valdes Mesa, along with senior Vietnamese officials.

The photos, taken by several generations of VNA journalists in different periods, also feature the development of Quang Tri province since it’s time as a war-torn locality.

The same day, the Cuban delegates toured the Hien Luong-Ben Hai special national historical relic site, the relic site of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam, and the blockhouse in Dong Ha city where Fidel had visited in September 1973.

Fidel made three visits to Vietnam in September 1973, December 1995, and February 2003.

He was the first foreign leader to visit the newly-liberated area in the south of Vietnam during the anti-US resistance war. He was also a national leader who took the initiative in international movements to support Vietnam’s struggle for national independence and reunification, along with its process of national development and defence.

With all his great contributions, the Cuban leader was presented with the two noblest orders of the Vietnamese State: the Golden Star Order in 1982 and the Ho Chi Minh Order in 1989.