Vietnamese PM holds talks with Cuban counterpart
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Cuban counterpart Manuel Marrero Cruz on Thursday discussed ways to boost practical and effective coordination in politics-diplomacy, national defense-security, trade-investment, agriculture, health care, education-training, toward bringing economic ties in line with the two countries' political relations.
Prime Minister Pham expressed the pleasure at the constant development of the bilateral ties over the past years.
During the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020-2021, the two countries maintained regular contacts, including a visit by Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Cuba in September 2021.
The host leader took the occasion to thank Cuba for its timely and effective support for Viet Nam in its fight against the pandemic.
He highly spoke of the new developments in bilateral cooperation, especially in agriculture, investment and health care as well as the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation mechanisms.
In reply, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz congratulated Viet Nam on its socio-economic recovery and development after putting the pandemic under control and wished to learn from the Southeast Asian country's experience in the field.
The two leaders agreed to retain dialogues and the exchange of delegations at high level and between ministries, sectors, localities and businesses while improving the efficiency of bilateral cooperation via mechanisms such as theoretical workshop between the two Parties, and the Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic, Scientific-Technological Cooperation.
On the occasion, Pham announced the Vietnamese Party and State’s decision to provide a 5,000-ton-rice aid to support Cuba to overcome socio-economic difficulties.
Regarding regional and global issues of shared concern, they concurred to continue with consultations and mutual support at international organizations and multilateral forums.
The pair shared the stance on supporting the settlement of disputes by peaceful means based on respect for international law and the United Nations Charter.
The two Government leaders also witnessed the signing of three bilateral cooperation agreements, namely an Action Plan for the implementation of the Viet Nam-Cuba economic agenda for 2023-2025, a Memorandum of Understanding on agriculture and food cooperation between the two agriculture ministries, and an Action Plan on medical cooperation between the two health ministries.
The Cuban Government leader is in Viet Nam for an official visit from September 28-October 2./.