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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Cuban President Raul Castro Begins Official Visit to Vietnam
Hanoi, July 7.-Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in Vietnam on Saturday to begin a four-day official visit after having concluded a visit to China, where he met with top government officials.
The Cuban leader arrived in Hanoi at the invitation of Vietnam’s Communist Party and government leaders, Cubadebate website reported on Saturday. Although Raul previously visited Vietnam in 2005, this is his first visit to the Southeast Asian nation as Cuban head of state.
At present, Vietnam and Cuba maintain cooperation relations in several areas, such as agriculture, telecommunications, oil and gas, tourism, infrastructure, education and others.
During his visit to China, which wound up on Friday, the Cuban president and his delegation met with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at the Central Government building. Raul was also received by Deputy Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who said that Raul Castro is an “old friend of the Chinese people.”
The Cuban head of state described his agenda in China as intense and productive and he said he was very satisfied with the meetings he held with top Chinese authorities and with their results. (Taken from Radio Habana Cuba).
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