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Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba, Leopoldo Cintra Frías was received by Nguyen Phu Trong, secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Photo: VOV Photo: Granma

Hanoi.— Cuba and Vietnam agreed to strengthen their longstanding ties of friendship and cooperation, specifically in the sphere of defense, as part of Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba, Leopoldo Cintra Frías’ visit to the Asian nation.
On receiving the FAR Minister, Nguyen Phu Trong, secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam stated that Cintra Frías’ visit “will contribute to strengthening the exemplary bilateral relations,” between the two countries.
Phu Trong spoke about the historic ties between the two parties, peoples and states, and above all both nations’ armed forces, according to official reports of talks.
During the meeting with Cintra Frías, also a member of the Communist Party of Cuba Political Bureau, Nguyen Phu Trong thanked the island for its support and expressed his desire to see both armies continually strengthened in order to meet the expectations of their organizations and peoples, as well as fight for the independence and liberty of their homelands and socialism, reported PL.
Meanwhile, the Cuban official highlighted that progress being made by Vietnam in its Renovation process (Doi Moi) represents a stimulus and example for Cuba, currently updating its socio-economic model.
He also mentioned the 2017-2019 military cooperation plan signed by the two nations, aimed at strengthening ties given the current regional and global context.
The document, signed by Cintra Frías and Vietnam’s Defense Minister, Ngo Xuan Lich, is focused on expanding exchanges across all levels; staff training; military medicine; anti-aerial and aerial defense; and cooperation between military entities, according to VNA.
Cintra Frías also met with President of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, who reaffirmed his country’s willingness to stand by Cuba in any situation and thanked the island for its support, both toward his country’s struggle for independence and current efforts to build and protect the nation.