July 25, 2021

Díaz-Canel meets with the president of Vietnam to strengthen relations

Díaz-Canel meets with the president of Vietnam to strengthen relations

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel met today with his counterpart from Vietnam and Secretary General of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, as part of his official three-day visit to the Asian country.

Díaz-Canel was received last night by the Vietnamese Vice President, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, at the Hanoi airport, accompanied, among others, by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, and the Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz.

On his first trip to the Asian country, Díaz-Canel visited the monument to the martyrs of Vietnam and went to the mausoleum dedicated to the national hero Ho Chi Minh, before meeting with Trong in the presidential palace and with the prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

One of the most important issues to address during the visit is the promotion of a bilateral trade agreement that strengthens economic relations between the two nations, according to the local newspaper Vietnam News.

In a recent forum of investments in Cuba, the manager of the Department of Foreign Investment of Planning and Investment of Vietnam Vo Van Chung said that both countries negotiate the approval of a trade agreement that increases the exchange from the 224.3 million dollars of 2017 up to 500 million dollars in 2022.

The trip of the Cuban president takes place after Nguyen Phu Trong met with Raúl Castro in Havana last March, a month before giving the presidency to Díaz-Canel.

The Cuban president will conclude his visit tomorrow in Ho Chi Minh (former Saigon), the most populous city in the country, where he will visit the tunnels used by the communist guerrillas during the war and will attend a gala dinner with the local authorities.


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