The commemoration of the 78th anniversary of the independence of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam took place this Tuesday in the emblematic Stained Glass Hall of the Plaza de la Revolución under Mayor General Antonio Maceo Grajales in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Le Thanh Tung and the members of the Central Committee of the Party, José Ramón Monteagudo Ruiz and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, first secretary and governor of Santiago de Cuba, as well as leaders of the other eastern provinces.
The celebration also commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Cuban Solidarity Committee for South Vietnam, the 54th anniversary of the physical withdrawal from Ho Chi Minh City, and the 50th anniversary of the visit of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz to the liberated areas in the south of the 17th century. Latitude—the first and only head of state to do so. In the main words, Thanh Tung thanked “the Cuban collaboration with Vietnam, the donation of five socio-economic works, and the training of thousands of engineers, doctors, and technicians on the island.” We are proud of our brotherhood, which, as Fidel said, is a symbol of the time.”
The ambassador recognized that “solidarity with Cuba is a matter close to the heart of every Vietnamese; today our country is the second largest trading partner and investor in the Asia and Oceania region” and we wish success “in the cause of building and defending the socialist fatherland”.
The lovable friendship between both parties, states, and peoples—officially since December 2, 1960—has stood the test of time, based on the thoughts of their historical leaders and on the momentum and continuity of present-day generations who, according to the Ambassador, demonstrate the principle that “Vietnam and Cuba will win together.”