HAVANA, Sept 20 (Vietnam News/ANN): President Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz Canel in Havana.
The two leaders briefed each other on the recent situation in each country, while discussing measures to continue to bolster the fraternal solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples, especially in the areas of consumer goods manufacturing, food and aquatic production and renewable energy.
They also mentioned regional and international issues of shared concern.
President Phuc conveyed best regards from Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Troong and senior leaders of the Party and State of Vietnam to President Miguel Díaz Canel and General Raul Castro and other leaders of Cuba.
He congratulated the Party, State and people of Cuba on their recent achievements as well as the success of the eighth National Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, expressing his belief that Cuban people will successfully carry out the congress’ resolutions and gain new attainments in the path of building the prosperous and stable socialist country of Cuba.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel thanked Vietnam for giving sincere and whole-hearted support to Cuba’s revolutionary cause in the past and at present, especially during this hard time. He affirmed that Cuba highly values Vietnam’s socio-economic development experience.
Both sides expressed their delight at new and positive steps of development in bilateral special traditional ties in all fields, including politics-diplomacy, security-defence, economy-trade-investment, culture-education, and science-technology.
The Vietnam-Cuba cooperation in agriculture and food security has been maintained with rice, coffee, maize and aquatic development projects, they noted.
Phuc and Díaz-Canel agreed that in the future, both sides should continue to strengthen their political relations through the exchange of delegations at all levels regularly with flexible forms, while enhancing the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms, including the theoretical conference between the two Parties, the Inter-Government Committee, the political consultations between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and policy dialogue between the two Defence Ministries.
Vietnam and Cuba should work closely together to effectively implement the new trade agreement, while optimising advantages from the deal, thus raising two-way trade to a level that matches the potential and sound political ties between the two countries, they said.
The Vietnam's Government on Monday (Sept 20) also issued Resolution 109/NQ-CP on the purchase of Abdala Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Cuba's Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
The resolution endorses the prime minister’s permission to apply the selection of contractor in special cases as stipulated in Article 26 of the Law on Bidding, for the buying of 10 million doses of the vaccine.
The Health Ministry is asked to take responsibility for the purchase of the vaccine, along with ensuring vaccine quality to serve Covid-19 prevention and control work. - Vietnam News/ANN
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