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Vietnam-Cuba friendship exchange opens in Hanoi

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Central Committee of the Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association (VCFA) co-organised the Vietnam – Cuba friendship exchange in Hanoi on April 10.

Attending the event were VUFO Vice President and General Secretary Don Tuan Phong, Permanent Vice Chairman of the VCFA Central Committee Nguyen Duy Cuong, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP) Fernando Gonzalez Llort, Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera, and Cuban hero Antonio Gurrero Rodrigue.

Gonzalez Llort and Gurrero Rodrigue were two out of five undercover agents who were detained by the US. The Cuban government then launched a global campaign calling for their freedom. After serving reduced sentences, they were awarded with hero title upon returning home.

Speaking at the event, Permanent Vice Chairman of the VCFA Central Committee Nguyen Duy Cuong said 2018 marks the 67th anniversary of Moncada victory (July 26), the 165th birthday of Cuban leader Jose Marti (January 28), the 45th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s visit to Vietnam’s southern liberation area and the 55th anniversary of the Cuban Committee of Solidarity with South Vietnam.

He said the VCFA selected 71 speeches about Vietnam by Fidel Castro for translation and publication in Vietnam, which will be sponsored by the Vietnam News Agency.

The ICAP President expressed his delight at meeting Vietnamese friends who previously had a close attachment to Cuba, VCFA members and those who actively joined Cuba’s revolutionary fight for justice.

He wished that ties between Vietnam and Cuba would be tightened in the future.

Hero Rodrigue, for his part, said he always misses and loves Vietnam and its people, and arriving in Vietnam was his wish during detention in the past.  He believed that Vietnam – Cuba ties will be everlasting.

Earlier, VUFO Vice President and General Secretary Don Tuan Phong hosted a reception for ICAP President Gonzalez Llort, during which both sides discussed joint work between the ICAP and the VUFO.

Phong said the two sides will sign a new cooperation agreement in 2019 to extend their relations.

The guest wished to foster bilateral ties via mutual visits and people-to-people exchange.