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The lead­ers of Viet­nam and Cuba on Fri­day, Nov. 9, pledged to deepen re­la­tions be­tween two of the world’s few re­main­ing com­mu­nist coun­tries. Pres­i­dent Nguyen Phu Trong and his Cuban coun­ter­part Miguel Diaz-Canel wit­nessed the sign­ing of trade and fi­nance agree­ments af­ter an hour-long talk be­hind closed doors in Hanoi. Speak­ing at a joint news con­fer­ence, Trong, who is also the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party, said “Viet­nam and Cuba will con­tinue close and com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion ... and deepen ex­em­plary fra­ter­nal re­la­tions.” Trong said he and the Cuban pres­i­dent dis­cussed mea­sures to deepen ties in de­fense, se­cu­rity and diplo­macy and en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in agri­cul­ture, biotech­nol­ogy, the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sec­tor, medicine, ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes. Diaz-Canel said all the Cubans had great ad­mi­ra­tion for Viet­nam’s strug­gles for in­de­pen­dence and that his and Trong’s visit to Cuba in March will con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing the coun­tries’ re­la­tions. The Cuban pres­i­dent is on a three-day visit to Viet­nam as part of his first in­ter­na­tional tour since tak­ing of­fice in April. /

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