Cuban Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday for a three-day visit with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh.
The visit aimed to strengthen the friendship between Vietnam and Cuba and speed up the implementation of cooperative agreements signed by the two countries, Vietnam News Agency reported.
During the visit, the two sides pledged to develop plans to organize a number of activities in celebration of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations in 2015. Furthermore, the two sides will talk about regional and global issues of mutual concern.
Vietnam’s two-way trade with Cuba hit US$175 million in 2012 and $203.7 million in the first nine months of 2013.
Vietnam exported rice, coal, chemicals, garments and computers to Cuba and imported pharmaceuticals from the Caribbean country.
Vietnam provides over 200,000 tons of rice to Cuba every year.
The two countries signed a mid-term economic agenda in March 2014 and are preparing for the 32 nd meeting of their intergovernmental committee, scheduled for October in Havana.