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NA Chairwoman to lead delegation to funeral of Fidel Castro

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NA Chairwoman to lead delegation to funeral of Fidel Castro

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Vietnam sends message of condolence to Cuba over the passing of revolutionary leader.

by Ha Nguyen

The Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee, the State President, the government, and the Standing Committee of the National Assembly sent a message of condolence on November 26 to the Cuban Party, State Council, Government, National Assembly, and people over the passing of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Vietnamese leaders and people are deeply saddened to hear the news that Fidel Castro, former First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Cuba Central Committee, former Chairman of the State Council and Council of Ministers, a great leader of the Cuban people, and an unyielding communist and revolutionary leader of Latin American nations and the struggle for peace and national independence, freedom and socialism, died on November 25.

He devoted all of his life to Cuba’s revolutionary cause, overturning the dictatorial regime and bringing the Cuban people to an era of independence and freedom in January 1959.

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan will lead Vietnamese delegation to attend his funeral from November 28 to 30, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on November 27.

As a leader of the Cuban revolution for more than half a century, Fidel Castro has always been a close comrade and brother of Vietnamese leaders and people, according to the Vietnam News Agency. He stood side-by-side with Vietnam during its past struggles for national independence and reunification as well as its ongoing national development.

His immortal saying, “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to devote blood”, remains in the hearts of the Vietnamese people. The global revolution loses an unyielding, brave and experienced leader, while the Party, State and people of Vietnam lose a close and beloved comrade and brother.

“We believe that in this sorrowful moment, the Cuban communists and people will continue to unite under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba and President Raul Castro to realize the wishes of late leader Fidel Castro, firmly safeguarding national independence and sovereignty as well as building socialism,” the message read.

The Vietnamese people once again affirm their solidarity with the Cuban people, it said. On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Pham Binh Minh also sent a message of condolence to Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Fidel Castro made three visits to Vietnam. In September 1973 he was the first and only foreign leader to visit the southern liberation area of Vietnam when the US War was still ongoing. His next visits were in December 1995 and February 2003, during which the friendship and cooperation between the two countries witnessed new development milestones.

Under his leadership, Cuba was a pioneer in the global movement supporting Vietnam’s struggle for independence and national construction. For all of his contributions, he was presented with the Vietnamese State’s Golden Star Order in 1982 and the Ho Chi Minh Order in 1989.

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