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8/11/2018 9:10:15 AM

Gathering in HCMC celebrates Cuba’s National Rebellion Day

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the city’s Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association held a get-together in the city on August 10, to mark the 65th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks (July 26, 1953) which the Cubans view as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

At the gather. (Photo: HUFO)

Speaking at the event, President of the city’s Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Association, Truong Thi Hien spoke highly of the significance of the Moncada Barracks attack, describing the 1953 attack as a landmark that mirrored the undaunted spirit of the Cuban people under the leadership of President Fidel Castro, and provided a premise for Cuba’s cause of liberation, unification and construction.

She also mentioned Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s visit to the central province of Quang Tri in 1973, making him the first foreign leader to set foot in the liberated area in the south of Vietnam.

She also emphasised that the special relations and cooperation between the two nations have been constantly developed in various fields and added that the painting contest will provide a good opportunity for the younger generation in HCM City to learn more about the Cuban leader, contributing to fostering the time-honoured friendship between Vietnam and Cuba.

Cuban Consul General to HCM City Indira Lopez Arguelles expressed gratitude for the sentiments that the Vietnamese people in general and HCM City residents in particular sent to the Cuban people.

According to her, contests like this are a good opportunity for the young generation to learn about the history of the Vietnam – Cuba friendship, adding that they help honour leaders of the two nations.

The diplomat said Fidel Castro’s establishment of the solidarity committee at home and his visit to Quang Tri reflected Cuba’s support and introduction of Vietnam’s revolutionary victory to the world.

Cuba is committed to spare no efforts to enhance cooperation and friendship shared between Vietnamese and Cuban peoples, she affirmed.

The painting contest will provide a good opportunity for the younger generation in Ho Chi Minh to learn more about the Cuban leader. (Photo:

Also on the occasion, a poster painting contest on the Cuban leader’s life and career was launched for pupils and students in HCM City within the framework of a series of activities marking the 45th anniversary of his historic visit to a newly liberated area in Quang Tri and the 55th founding anniversary of the Cuba’s committee for solidarity with South Vietnam (1953 – 2018), now called the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association./.

Translated by Chau Pham  
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