Deputy PM Minh holds talks with Cuban Foreign Minister
11:00 | 30/03/2018

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla on March 29, within the framework of the ongoing State visit to Cuba made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla 

Addressing the talks, Deputy PM Minh thanked the Cuban Foreign Ministry for having worked closely with the Vietnamese side to successfully organize the Party chief’s State visit to the Latin American country.

He highlighted the stably growing economic and trade ties between Viet Nam and Cuba, with two-way trade reaching US$240 million in 2017, adding that the two sides have effectively implemented cooperation mechanisms, whilst maintaining their close coordination at international organizations and multilateral forums.

Cuban FM Bruno Rodríguez Parilla suggested both sides continue to foster close collaboration aiming to further accelerate bilateral and multilateral relations in the time ahead. He agreed on the implementation of the fifth political consultation between the two Foreign Ministries in 2018, while pledging to work closely with the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry to successfully organize the 45th anniversary of Cuban Leader Fidel Castro’s visit to the liberated zone in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri (September 1973-2018).

The two sides also pledged closer coordination to accelerate the realization of the crucial outcomes reached during General Secretary Trong’s visit to Cuba, and agreed on measures to develop the special brotherly relations between Viet Nam and Cuba in a more substantive and effective fashion in the time to come, with a focus on the potential fields of economy, trade, investment, construction, agriculture, clean energy, and aquaculture. 

During the talks, the two sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual concerns. They shared the view on the peaceful settlement of sovereignty disputes, the avoidance of using or threatening to use forces, and the respect for legal and diplomatic processes, on the basis of respecting international laws and the UN conventions concerned.

On the occasion, Deputy PM Minh invited Cuban FM Bruno Rodríguez Parilla to visit Viet Nam in the near future, and the host accepted the invitation. 

                                                                                                                            By Vien Nhu

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