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Vietnamese cultural space opens in Cuba

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

A Vietnamese Cultural Space was inaugurated in Havana’s Asian House on December 2 on the 50 th anniversary of Vietnamese-Cuban diplomatic ties.

                    Dong Son bronze drum

Present at the opening ceremony were members of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee, including the Director of Havana’s Historical Office Eusebio Leal, President of the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association Yolanda Ferrer, the former Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Raul Valdes Vivo and former Deputy Foreign Minister Hector Rodriiguez Llompart, who on behalf of the Cuban Government signed the agreement to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam.

Several ASEAN ambassadors in Havana also attended the event.

The Vietnam Cultural Space has hundreds of farming tools, weapons, pottery, fine arts and handicraft products, ethnic costumes and pictures featuring the different cultures in regions across Vietnam on display.

At the heart of the display are two sculptures of President Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh, made from stone by Vietnamese craftsmen.

On addressing the event, Vietnam’s Ambassador to Cuba Vu Chi Cong recalled the 50 years of bilateral relations and expressed his thanks to the Cuban Party, State, Government and people for their valuable support to Vietnam during its wars of resistance as well as in its present national drive for construction.

He said he hoped that future generations would maintain and develop the special friendship between the two countries, adding that a Dong Son bronze drum exhibited there was the first to be displayed in Latin America.

The Vietnam Cultural Space is a gift from the Vietnamese Government to Cuba in accordance with an agreement signed at the 27 th session of the Inter-governmental Commission.

Source: SGGP

Cuba announces date for important party congress

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

VND 3 billion presented to build school in Cuba

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm

VND 3 billion presented to build school in Cuba

QĐND – Sunday, June 27, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

The Ben Tre Provincial Youth Union presented VND 3 billion to the Cuban Consulate in Vietnam under a programme titled “One million bricks for Cuban children” on June 26th.

The money will be used to build a school, named “Small-age Vietnamese friends” in the village of Ben Tre in the Batou district of the Cuban capital of La Havana.

The “One million bricks for Cuban children” program was jointly-organized by the Ben Tre Provincial Committee and Youth Union, the San Ho Island Creative Culture Company and the Youth Newspaper on March 29th to April 19th in various schools with diversity of forms and contents.

The program, a response to a campaign to build a school in Ben Tre village in Cuba, which was lauched 6 months ago, will partly promote the long-lasting friendship between Vietnam and Cuba.  

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

“Don’t burn” to be screened in Cuba

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

Vietnam stands side by side with Cuba: President

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Vietnam stands side by side with Cuba: President

QĐND – Friday, April 16, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Party, State and people always stand side by side with Cuba, as it has done to support and help Vietnam with all their hearts, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

President Triet made the statement while receiving visiting Sen. Lt. Gen. Alvaro Lopez Miera, Chief of the General Staff of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, in Hanoi on April 16.

The Vietnamese leader expressed his admiration at achievements of the Cuban people obtained in overcoming difficulties to push forward the cause of national construction and development. He added that not only the Vietnamese people, but also the progressive people all over the world share their admiration for Cuban revolutionary heroism.

He expressed his belief that the visit would contribute to boosting the traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people, including the armed forces.

Sen. Lt. Gen. Alvaro Lopez Miera stated that the current visit is a good opportunity to learn from the experiences of the Vietnamese people’s armed forces. He praised the progress Vietnam has made since his last visit ten years ago and expressed his determination to contribute to tightening relations between the two armies and speeding up bilateral cooperation programmes.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Cuba determined to promote ties with Vietnam: Vice President

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Cuba determined to promote ties with Vietnam: Vice President

QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

Cuba always respects Vietnam’s development experiences and is determined to further promote the friendly cooperation between the two peoples, said Vice President of the Cuban Council of State Esteban Lazo.

Lazo, who is also Politburo member of the Communist Party of Cuba, made the statement while receiving Ha Thi Khiet, CPV CC Secretariat and Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPV CC)’s Commission on Mass Mobilisation, in Cuba on April 9.

Lazo expressed thanks to the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their solidarity and consistent support to the Cuban people.

He congratulated the Vietnamese people on their great achievements in national construction and development.

For her part, Khiet confirmed the solidarity and support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people to the Cuban people’s just revolutionary cause.

She highlighted the great achievements the Cuban people gained while suffering from the embargo, facing negative impacts of the global financial and economic crisis and heavy consequences left by natural disasters.

She expressed her hope to further boost the comprehensive cooperation with Cuba for mutual interest.

The two sides informed each other of their respective countries’ recent socio-economic development, discussed international and regional issues of mutual concern and measures to further tighten the all-around cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Cuba.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Venezuela, Cuba engage in joint projects worth over $3 bln

In World on December 13, 2009 at 4:06 am

Venezuela and Cuba will sign agreements on 285 joint projects totaling about $3.2 billion at an upcoming summit of the regional ALBA trade bloc, RIA-Novosti quoted Venezuelan Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez as saying.

According to Ramirez, the documents were agreed during the work of the 10th Cuban-Venezuelan intergovernmental commission prior to the ALBA summit in the Cuban capital, Havana, on December 13-14.

“In 2000, we started the work of the intergovernmental commission with 17 projects worth $30.5 million…and now we will sign 285 joint deals totaling $3.185 billion,” the Venezuelan minister said.

He added that the trade between Venezuela and Cuba has reached $8.7 billion, mainly in the health, education, agriculture and energy sectors.

Over 40,000 Cuban experts are working in Venezuela to help the poverty-stricken Latin American country improve its health care and education systems, Ramirez said.

ALBA, or the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, was founded by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2005 and now comprises nine members — Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.

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Cuba somewhat conciliatory toward Washington at UN

In World on September 29, 2009 at 6:52 am

Cuba told the United Nations Monday that the communist regime is ready to normalize relations with the United States and will work with Washington in the meantime on other issues such as fighting drug smuggling.

Taking a conciliatory tone, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told the U.N. General Assembly that Cuba had approached the American government with “a set of essential topics” it considers imperative to improving bilateral ties, including doing away with the so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot” immigration policy, which allows nearly all Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay while deporting those captured on the ocean en route.

Cuba is also demanding the return of the territory occupied by the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, and an end to U.S. federal funding for anti-Castro government radio and television broadcasts beamed to the island from Florida, just 90 miles (145 kilometers) away.

Rodriguez did not say what the government of President Raul Castro might offer in return for such concessions, but urged Washington to unilaterally scrap its 47-year-old trade embargo and remove the communist-run island from the annual list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

Cuban and U.S. diplomats held one-day of talks to discuss immigration in July, and another round aiming to restore direct mail service between both countries this month. Rodriguez called those negotiations “respectful and fruitful,” and said Havana wants both sides to meet again about increasing cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking and people smuggling, as well as better protecting the environment and responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters.

He said Cuba has sought full diplomatic relations with the U.S. for decades and repeated President Raul Castro’s offer to sit down with Barack Obama for a “respectful, arm’s length dialogue with the United States, without overshadowing our independence, sovereignty and self-determination.”

Rodriguez refrained from many of the anti-American barbs that have sometimes dominated Cuban addresses before the General Assembly and other world bodies, saying Obama has ensured “a period of extreme aggressiveness, unilateralism and arrogance in foreign policy (has) come to an end and the infamous legacy of the George W. Bush regime had been sunk in repudiation.”

But he also said the White House has done little so far to justify sky-high international optimism that came with Obama’s election.

Rodriguez said there still “is uncertainty about the real capacity on the part of the present authorities in Washington to get over the political and ideological trends that threatened the world under the previous administration,” adding that “neo-conservative forces” who supported Bush “have very quickly regrouped and still have the reins of power and considerable influence.”

Rodriguez said that while U.S. trade sanctions can only be lifted by Congress, Obama could use executive orders to do away with a travel ban that prevents American tourists from coming to Cuba, and order the U.S. Treasury Department to unfreeze Cuban government funds held in banks since shortly after Fidel Castro and his bearded rebels took power in a guerrilla uprising on New Year’s Day 1959.

Obama has lifted restrictions on Cuban-Americans who want to travel or send money to the island, but U.S. officials have said they’d like to see Cuba embrace small economic or social reforms before taking further steps. The Cuban government has bristled at those suggestions.

Rodriguez blamed America’s “fascist right” for helping the Honduran military carry out the coup that toppled leftist President Manuel Zelaya in June and accused American interests of besmirching Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who sends more than 100,000 free barrels of oil a day to Cuba, keeping the cash-strapped island’s weak economy afloat.

“The slanders and lies uttered against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are brutal,” Rodriguez said.

Source: SGGP

Cuba and EU sign cooperation deal

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Cuba and the European Union have agreed on up to 30 million EUR (about 38.7 million USD) for rebuilding areas damaged by hurricanes and strengthening the capacity of agricultural production.

An accord to this effect was signed in Havana on November 26 by Stefano Manservisi, head of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Ricardo Guerrero, Cuba’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Investment, according to news agencies.

Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony, Stefano Manservisi said EU members would send 25 million EUR to 30 million EUR to Cuba next year. He added that much of it would go to repairing homes, power grids and highways ravaged by Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma, which hit this summer and fall and combined to do more than 10 billion USD in damage.

The new funds also will help Cuba bolster environmental protection, biotechnology, disaster preparedness and food production, which suffered severe damage in the storms.

The EU is Cuba’s largest trade partner with 3 billion USD in trade a year.-

Russian President in Cuba to improve ties

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Havana (VNA) – President of the Council of the State of Cuba Raul Castro on November 27 met with visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss bilateral ties and international affairs.

During their meeting in Havana, President Raul Castro thanked Russia’s valuable assistance for Cuba to overcome recent natural calamities, that caused losses worth 10 billion USD.

Both sides stressed the importance of cooperation in various fields, especially in economy. The two leaders also exchanged views on the current international situation, such as the global economic crisis.

Also on the same day, President Raul Castro and President Dmitry Medvedev visited the recently inaugurated Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Cathedral, in Havana.

The Orthodox temple, the first of its kind in Latin America, bears significant meaning to Russia and it is a monument raised to the friendship and solidarity relations between Moscow and Havana.

The Russian President is on a working visit to Cuba on November 27-28 at the invitation of his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro. Cuba is his final stop in a tour of Latin American countries. Early, the Russia President visited Peru , Brazil and Venezuela.

Russia is Cuba’s 10th largest trading partner. The two countries’ two-way trade turnover reached 350 million USD in 2007 and is expected to be 400 million USD this year.-