VIENTIANE, Democratic People’s Republic of Laos.- Around midnight Saturday night, local time, the President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, arrived here on his first trip as head of state to this sister country, to reinforce the ties they have shared since 1974, and deliver a message of continuity.
With full military honors he was received by Bounnhang Vorachith, President Democratic People’s Republic of Laos and Secretary General of the Laotian People’s Revolutionary Party at the Ho-Kham Presidental Palace.
The Laotian leader said he was honored to welcome Diaz-Canel, and the Cuban President recalled that his trip coincided with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Laotian liberation forces command in the Viengxay district, where “unbreakable friendship and solidarity between Cuba and Laos was forged. In the middle of the remote jungle, in those years of cruel struggle, a rustic field hospital built by the Vietnamese began functioning, the Laos-Vietnam Hospital, but practically all the medical personnel was Cuban.”
After concluding official talks, the two leaders observed the signing ceremony for two memoranda of understanding addressing cooperation in sports and banking.
Diaz-Canel,and the delegation accompanying him, also met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and Pany Yathotou, president of the National Assembly, where the intention to further improve the countries’ longstanding ties was reaffirmed.
The Cuban President likewise honored the Laotian people’s struggle at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, where he placed a wreath of white roses bearing the message, “to the heroes of the Laotian people from the people of Cuba.”