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Vietnamese president meets former Cuban leader Fidel Castro

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 14:01 GMT+7

Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang joined talks with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a state visit to the Caribbean island nation from November 15 to 17.

Upon his arrival in Havana, the Vietnamese head of state, along with the First Lady and a delegation of high-ranking officials, paid a visit to Castro’s residence on Wednesday morning (Vietnam time).

During their conversation, President Quang stressed that the people and government in Vietnam have always appreciated his Cuban host’s significant contribution to the two nations’ relationship over the past five decades.

Hanoi will always respect and exert all efforts to strengthen special ties between the two countries, he added.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Party, state, and people, President Quang congratulated Cuba on recent achievements in economic development and foreign policy, both of which have created a foundation to elevate the country’s image in the international arena.

The Vietnamese leader also reported on the current situation in his country and the Party’s current developmental objectives.

The two parties reviewed important milestones in the Cuba-Vietnam relationship and discussed several regional and global issues.

Castro considered that the visit of his Vietnamese guest would help deepen special and traditional ties between the two nations before mentioning past fundamental visits to Cuba from Vietnamese leaders.

Following his trip to the island nation, the Vietnamese head of state is scheduled to commence his visit to Peru for the 24th High-level Week of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, which will run from November 17 to 20 in Lima.

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