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9/27/2018 10:27:44 AM

55 years of Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam marked in Ben Tre

The Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association (VCFA), in collaboration with the provincial Ben Tre People’s Committee, on September 26 organised a ceremony to mark the 55th anniversary of the Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam (September 25, 1963-2018).

Two sides' delegates at the ceremony. (Photo: VNF)

The event was attended by Cuban Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Indira Lopez Arguelles, VCFA Vice President Nguyen Duy Cuong, and over 200 people from localities across the nation.

Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Phan Van Mai said that on the December 2, 1960, the diplomatic relations between Government of Republic of Cuba and Government of Vietnam Democratic Republic were established, opening a new page of the friendship between two nations. With sound awareness of struggle of Vietnamese people and army against America contributing to protect peace and liberty and happiness of Asian, Africa and American nations, of whom the Party and people of Cuba gave political support to Vietnam that was timely, dynamic and effective.

He stressed that the special relations between Vietnam and Cuba, whose foundations were laid by President Ho Chi Minh and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, must be preserved and treasured by generations of people from both countries.

On January 9, 1984, the provincial People Committee decided to choose Luong Hoa commune to twin with Cuba and call it “Moncada village”. Moncada is where the Cuban revolution against the dictatorship of Batista began. Meanwhile, the Hinba Bonita cow farm in Moncada was named “Ben Tre village”, after Vietnam’s Ben Tre province, which was the first southern locality to be free in the U.S. war in 1975.

The naming, initiated by President Fidel Castro and general Nguyen Thi Dinh, reflects the solidarity between the two nations.

Luong Hoa commune, holding a twin partnership with Cuba’s Moncada village, is honoured to contribute to the friendship and solidarity between the two nations, he added.

VCFA Vice President Nguyen Duy Cuong said that this was an opportunity for Vietnamese people to express their gratitude for Cuba’s support during the country’s struggle for independence.

Cuba is the first country to recognize the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (1961), he highlighted, adding that the Cuban Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam, later called the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association, was set up on September 25, 1963 under the instruction of Cuban Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, who was serving as Prime Minister of the American nation at the time.

Cuba is also the only country to set up an embassy by the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam in the liberated zone. 1967 was observed in Cuba as “Heroic Vietnam Year”. In 1972, Fidel stated that Cuba’s solidarity with and trust in Vietnam is absolute and unconditional.

He further underlined that the VCFA has worked to mobilise Vietnamese people to promote support for Cuba in the fight against embargoes, as well as efforts in natural disaster recovery and socio-economic development.

Meanwhile, Cuban Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Indira Lopez Arguelles underlined the goals set by both nations, in particular the consolidation of historical relations and fostering of bilateral cooperation in various sectors.

Vietnam and Cuba should reinforce their friendship, she suggested, highlighting Cuba’s efforts to enhance economic, trade and investment ties as well as medical cooperation with Vietnam, she said.

To promote the bilateral solidarity, Indira also stressed the need to intensify communication work to raise public awareness, especially among youngsters, about the long-standing relations./.

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