Raul Castro Meets Vietnamese Communist Leader

Raul Castro Meets Vietnamese Communist Leader Havana, Apr 10. – Cuban President Raul Castro met with the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, in the framework of his official and friendly visit to Cuba.

During the fraternal meeting on Monday, in tune with the historic relations between the two nations, both leaders exchanged viewpoints on international issues and the challenges of the two communist parties have to face in the construction of socialism, according to a press release.

Vietnamese Politburo member Pham Quang Nghi, Cuban First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura and other officials from the two countries also attended the meeting.

Shortly after the meeting, the Cuban president awarded Nguyen Phu Trong the Jose Marti Order, the highest decoration granted by the Cuban Council of State.

We were always together fighting for independence and freedom, and we are shoulder to shoulder today to build and defend socialism, stated the visitor, who also paid tribute to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti.

The agenda of the Vietnamese party leader, who is visiting Cuba until Thursday, also includes a meeting with authorities and his participation in activities of solidarity.(Prensa Latina)