Vietnamese Party delegation visits Cuba to boost traditional ties

A delegation of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) led by Hoàng Trung Hải, Politburo member of the CPV and Secretary of the Hà Nội City Party Committee, paid a working visit to Cuba from September 9-13.

During the visit, Hải met with Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba.

At these meetings, the two sides exchanged experience in building socialism in each country and affirmed their determination to promote socio-economic cooperation to further deepen the long-standing friendship between Việt Nam and Cuba.

Hải informed the Cuban leaders about the outcomes of the delegation’s working trip and affirmed the Vietnamese people’s consistent sentiments and support to the revolutionary cause of the fraternal Cuban people.

At a reception for the Vietnamese Party delegation, José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, highlighted the special brotherhood between the two Parties, Governments and peoples as the two nations will celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in December 2020.

He also shared difficulties and challenges that the Cuban people are encountering due to the complicated situation in the region and the world.

The Vietnamese official said he believed that with the strong will, experience and the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban people will overcome these obstacles to push ahead with their development path.

Hải affirmed that Việt Nam has been and will always stand side by side with the Cuban people in any circumstances.

At the talks with Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, Secretary of the Havana Party Committee, Hải voiced his hope that the two capital cities will have more cooperation projects in the future to make practical contributions to the development of bilateral traditional relations.

During his working visit to Cuba, Hải also worked with Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz to discuss cooperation in potential fields.


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Cuba grateful for Russia’s position on US sanctions pressure — Foreign Ministry

Cuba is grateful to Russia for its position on the United States’ sanctions pressure on Havana, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said on Twitter on Friday.

"Cuba expresses gratitude to Russia’s government, parliament, state agencies and people for their constant solidarity and support of demands to put an end to the United States’ blockade and abolish the Helms-Burton Act," the tweet reads.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his July visit to Cuba that the United States’ trade blockade was absolutely unacceptable. He also pointed out that by activating Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, the US once again showed disregard for international law as it sought to apply national laws extraterritorially.

US sanctions on Cuba

The United States severed diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961 in response to the nationalization of American property on the island. Washington later enforced a trade and economic embargo on Havana.

In December 2014, then US President Barack Obama admitted that Washington’s previous policy towards Cuba was not working and announced a new policy aimed at mending bilateral relations and easing sanctions. However, the rapprochement policy was rejected by Donald Trump. He tightened the rules for Americans travelling to Cuba and imposed a ban on doing business with organizations controlled by the Cuban military.

Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which makes it possible for US nationals to file lawsuits over property confiscated in Cuba in the past, had been continuously suspended by US presidential administrations since 1996 but Donald Trump moved to lift the suspension.

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