|Vietnamese and Cuban leaders and officials offer flowers in remembrance of Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Fidel Park in central Quang Tri province’s Dong Ha city, September 26, 2023. (Photo: VNA)
Mr. Hernandez is on a visit to Vietnam to attend a ceremony marking 50 years since Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s trip, braving numerous dangers, to visit newly liberated areas in Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces.
As the first and only foreign head of state to visit the liberated zone before the war ended, Fidel Castro’s historic visit became a symbol of faithful and fraternal solidarity between the two countries.
President Hernandez said the image of Fidel Castro waving the flag of the National Liberation Front for South Vietnam at base 241, a few kilometers from the enemy, symbolizes the immortal brotherhood between Vietnam and Cuba.
He quoted the famous saying of leader Castro: “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood.”
|Party Politburo member Truong Thi Mai speaks at the ceremony commemorating 50 years of Cuban leader Fidel Castro's visit to Quang Tri.
Party Politburo member Truong Thi Mai said leader Fidel Castro’s historic visit reaffirmed the special relationship between the two countries which has stood the test of time.
"Vietnam always treasures relations with Cuba and other traditional friends, and progressive forces all over the world," said Ms. Mai.
She reiterated that Vietnam pursues a consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation, development, and multilateralization and diversification of external relations.
"Vietnam is a friend, a reliable partner, and a responsible member of the international community. Vietnam respects the right to self-determination of nations and principles of international law and the UN Charter,” she said.
During his trip to Quang Tri, Mr. Hernandez also visited several historical relic sites in Quang Tri such as Hien Luong flag tower, the museum of Hien Luong-Ben Hai special national relic site, and the relic site of the headquarters of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam in Cam Lo district.