Hanoi (VNA) – The chiefs of the general staffs of the Vietnam
People’s Army (VPA) and the Cuban Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed
Forces (MINFAR) highlighted the fruitful defence cooperation between the two
countries and agreed to enhance the partnership during talks in Hanoi on
The talks held following the welcome ceremony for
the Cuban side were chaired by Sen.
Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang, member of the Party Central Committee, member
of the Central Military Commission’s standing board, Chief of the VPA’s
General Staff and Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Sen. Lt. Gen.
Alvaro Lopez Miera, Politburo member, Chief of the General Staff and First
Deputy Minister of the MINFAR.
Both sides voiced their delight at the growth of the
two countries’ relations, including in defence – one of the pillars of the
They noted the countries have effectively
implemented cooperation activities on the basis of the signed documents and
agreements under the cooperation plan for 2017 – 2019. High-ranking
exchanges have also been further increased, helping to promote the defence
partnership in a result-oriented manner.
As Vietnam and Cuba are preparing to mark the 60th
founding anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relationship next year,
the officials agreed to compile a dossier on the 60-year history of the
defence relationship so as to help educate younger generations about the
special traditional friendship between the two nations.
For the time ahead, the two sides will further
promote the effectiveness of existing cooperation mechanisms and maintain
all-level mutual visits. The officials also expressed their willingness to
welcome each other’s delegations on the trips for the celebrations of the
diplomatic relationship’s 60th anniversary in 2020.
Regarding collaboration in the defence industry,
both sides agreed to work closely with each other in the implementation of
Sen. Lt. Gen. Giang said the Vietnamese Ministry of
National Defence is ready to cooperate with Cuba in such fields as
telecommunications and communications for which Vietnam has mastered
technologies. He also asked the MINFAR to facililtate the Vietnamese
military-run industry and telecom group Viettel to invest in telecom
infrastructure and other potential areas in Cuba.
Besides, Vietnam will continue sending personnel to
training courses in the fields the Caribbean nation is strong at like
military medicine and engineering. It is also ready to receive Cuban
personnel for training in cryptography, defence industry, electronic warfare
and Vietnamese language, he added.
After the talks, the Cuban delegation paid a
courtesy call to Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the
Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence of Vietnam.
They also had a meeting with Gen. Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Party
Central Committee, member of the Central Military Commission’s standing
board, and head of the VPA’s General Department of Politics.
The Cuban guests were on an official visit to the
Southeast Asian country from September 14 to 16./.