- Title: Vietnam president welcomes Cuban counterpart in Hanoi to boost ties
- Date: 9th November 2018
- Summary: DIAZ-CANEL AND TRONG WALKING ONTO PODIUM VARIOUS OF CEREMONY IN PROGRESS DIAZ-CANEL AND TRONG WALKING VIETNAMESE FLAG FLYING NEXT TO CUBAN FLAG TRONG AND DIAZ-CANEL REVIEWING HONOUR GUARDS CEREMONY IN PROGRESS VIETNAMESE AND CUBAN FLAGS
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2018 07:30
- Keywords: Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong Presidential Palace
- Location: HANOI, VIETNAM
- City: HANOI, VIETNAM
- Country: Vietnam
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00295S7Y2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: SHOTLIST TO BE UPDATED SHORTLY WITH VERIFIED TRANSLATIONS
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Vietnam on Thursday (November 8) and received a state welcome ceremony, hosted by his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong in the capital city of Hanoi.
Trong and Diaz-Canel witnessed the signing of trade agreements before taking part in a bilateral meeting in a trip aimed at strengthening ties between the "communist brothers".
Vietnam is Cuba's second largest trading partner in Asia with the first being China. Two-way trade consists mostly of rice, textiles, footwear, coal, computers, electronics, wood and coffee.
Diaz-Canel's visit took place a few days after the 58th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This is his first official Asian tour since assuming office in April, where he visited North Korea and China before visiting Vietnam.
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