Hanoi (VNA) –
Chairman of the Cuban National Assembly Esteban Lazo Hernandez on June 18 concluded
his eight-day official visit to Vietnam, which was made at the invitation of
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
During the visit, the
Cuban top legislator held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Thi Kim
Ngan; paid courtesy calls on Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President
Tran Dai Quang; and met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
He also delivered a
speech at a plenary session of the National Assembly and attended a
Chairman Esteban Lazo
Hernandez and his entourage visited the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of
Politics, and had a working session with officials of the State Bank of
Vietnam. They also visited Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre and Son La provinces.
The Cuban officials
also attended a Vietnam-Cuba friendship meeting held by the Vietnam Union of
Friendship Organisations (VUFO).
On the occasion, the
delegation also paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in
Hanoi, visited and wrote on the memoir book at the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House in
the President Palace, and laid flowers at the statue of Cuban Hero Jose Marti in
At these meetings, the
two sides expressed belief that with the sound political relations and everlasting
solidarity, Vietnam and Cuba will continue to promoting their friendship and
cooperation, contributing to national construction and defence in each country
as well as peace, stability and development in each region and the world.
The two sides stressed
the need to further bolster bilateral ties, especially between the two
friendship parliamentarian groups, while strengthening cooperation between the
two legislatures in the coming time through the exchange of delegations at all
levels to deepen mutual understanding and share information as well as
experience in various fields.
At the same time, they
will also continue reviewing and updating or signing new agreements, thus completing
the legal framework for the development of bilateral ties in conformity with new
situations in each country.
The two sides also affirmed
their determination to raise two-way trade to be on a par with good political
The two legislatures will
continue backing and promoting the implementation of cooperation programmes and
projects between the two countries, especially in agriculture and consumer
product production in Cuba, as well as medical researching and producing,
health care, tourism infrastructure, and energy.
The two sides also consented
to continue coordinate closely with and support each other at bilateral organisations
and forums, especially the United Nations, serving the interest of each country
and peace, stability and development of the two regions as well as in the
The two friendship
parliamentarian groups will seek ways to enhance mutual understanding and
foster the friendship and cooperation between the two legislative bodies in the