President receives top Cuba legislator
VGP - President Vo Van Thuong hosted a reception for President of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez in Ha Noi on September 25.
The top Cuban legislator now in Viet Nam to attend a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Cuban leader Fidel Castro's trip to the liberated zone in Southern Viet Nam.
Vo said this is a special occasion to review the tradition of cooperation and solidarity between the two countries and to reminisce the affection of Fidel Castro, the State and people of Cuba for the Vietnamese people's struggle for national liberation, construction and development.
Viet Nam has consistently supported Cuba's cause of national construction and development, he said, adding that at many global and regional forums, Viet Nam always conveyed messages calling for the end of the blockade against Cuba.
He proposed the two countries continue working closely together to make the bilateral comprehensive cooperation increasingly practical through the effective implementation of high-level agreements and existing cooperation mechanisms, bring into full play the good results of dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, and promote parliamentary diplomacy and people-to-people exchanges.
Congratulating Cuba on successfully hosting the G77+China Summit with the Havana Declaration, which showed Cuba's positive contributions to global issues and its growing position in the international arena.
Vo vowed to encourage Vietnamese businesses to invest in Cuba, boost two-way trade and create favorable conditions for goods of the two nations to access each other's markets.
Hernandez, for his part, said Cuba always treasures and wants to deepen the special traditional relationship and comprehensive cooperation with Viet Nam
The Cuban leader expressed his wish that Viet Nam would continue accompanying and sharing experience and lessons learned from its renewal process with the Cuban people.
Cuba hopes to learn from Viet Nam's experience in organizing and managing small-sized enterprises and also looks forward to Vietnamese firms investing more strongly in Cuba in the coming time, he added./.