Vietnamese, Cuban Prime Ministers hold talks

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Cuban counterpart Manuel Marrero Cruz held talks following the official welcome ceremony in Hanoi on September 29 for the Cuban Government leader, who is paying an official visit from September 28-October 2.
Vietnamese, Cuban Prime Ministers hold talks
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and his Cuban counterpart Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz. (Photo: VNA)

Prime Minister Chinh expressed joy at the constant development of Vietnam-Cuba ties over the past years, noting that even during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020-2021, the two countries held regular phone and online talks, and conducted visits by leaders of the two Parties, States, Governments and legislatures. He also thanked Cuba for providing timely and effective support for Vietnam in its fight against the pandemic.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister appreciated new developments in bilateral cooperation, especially in agriculture, investment and health care as well as the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz congratulated Vietnam 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.

Cuba always treasures and wishes to further deepen the special traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, he said.

The two sides agreed to maintain 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, the Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic, Scientific-Technological Cooperation, political consultation between the two foreign ministries, and defence policy dialogue.

They highlighted a need to share theoretical and practical experience in each country’s socialism building, particularly important guiding views like the article entitled “Several theoretical and practical issues on socialism and the path towards socialism in Vietnam” written by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Chinh announced the Vietnamese Party and State’s decision on presenting Cuban people 5,000 tonnes of rice to help them overcome recent socio-economic difficulties.

The Cuban Prime Minister thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for giving support to Cuba, especially the help following the fire at fuel storage facility in Matanzas province on August 5, Typhoon Ian on August 27 and the rice aid this time.

The two Prime Ministers discussed measures to enhance practical and effective coordination in politics-diplomacy, national defence-security, trade-investment, agriculture, health care, education-training, toward bringing economic ties on par with the two countries' fine political relations.

They reached consensus on several measures to intensify collaboration in agro-fisheries, food security, health care and pharmaceuticals.

Vietnamese, Cuban Prime Ministers hold talks
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh holds talks with Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz. (Photo: VNA)

Both sides pledged to offer all possible support to their firms to do business in industrial zone and tourism infrastructure, construction materials, consumer goods, renewable energy and other promising fields.

They pledged to enhance the sharing of experience in building an independent, self-reliance economy with global integration and in responding to global economic challenges.

On regional and global issues of shared concern, they concurred to continue with consultations and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums. They also shared the stance on supporting the settlement of disputes by peaceful means based on respect for international law and the United Nations Charter.

The Cuban side affirmed support for ASEAN’s central role and the wish to strengthen ties with the bloc, evidenced by its entry to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in November 2020.

The Vietnamese side also reaffirmed its consistent stance on demanding the lifting of unilateral economic and financial embargoes on Cuba.

Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz invited Prime Minister Chinh to pay an official visit to Cuba in the near future. Prime Minister Chinh accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Vietnamese, Cuban Prime Ministers hold talks
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh presents Ho Chi Minh Order to the Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz. (Photo: VNA)

Following the talks, Prime Minister Chinh, on behalf of the Vietnamese Party and State, presented the Ho Chi Minh Order, the noble distinction of the Vietnamese State, to the Cuban Prime Minister.

Vietnamese, Cuban Prime Ministers hold talks
The two Government leaders witnessed the signing ceremony between the two Agriculture Ministries. (Photo: VNA)

The two Government leaders also witnessed the signing of three bilateral cooperation agreements, including an Action Plan for the implementation of the Vietnam-Cuba economic agenda for 2023-2025, an MoU on agriculture and food cooperation between the two Agriculture Ministries, and an Action Plan on medical cooperation between the two Health Ministries.

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(Source: VNA)