- Title: Vietnam's Communist party expresses condolences over Fidel Castro's death
- Date: 26th November 2016
- Summary: HANOI, VIETNAM (FILE - FEBRUARY 22, 2003) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF VIETNAMESE GENERAL VO NGUYEN GIAP 'S HOUSE VARIOUS OF FIDEL CASTRO MEETING WITH THE LATE GENERAL VO NGUYEN GIAP VARIOUS OF FIDEL AND GIAP TALKING FIDEL MAKING HAND GESTURE FROM HIS CAR AS IT IS LEAVING GIAP WAVING GOODBYE
- Embargoed: 11th December 2016 16:48
- Keywords: Vietnam Fidel Castro death Communist
- Location: Hanoi, VIETNAM
- City: Hanoi, VIETNAM
- Country: Vietnam
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0035A2ZIVB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday (November 26) that the Community party had sent its condolences to the Cuban government and people following the death of Fidel Castro.
In a 3-page letter published on its website, the Vietnamese Communist Party praised Castro's achievements and his part in the Cuban revolution which 'toppled the ruling of capitalism'.
Calling Castro a 'close friend and a comrade', the letter read: "Half a century being the revolutionary leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro was also a comrade, a close friend of the Vietnamese people. He had always been by our side during our struggle to gain our independence unite the country, as well as being by our side on our victory days and when we built 'a better and greater country' as the wish of President Ho Chi Minh. The Vietnamese people had carved into our heart the famous saying of Fidel Castro: 'For Vietnam, the Cuban is prepared to give even our blood.'"
Castro visited Vietnam during the infamous war in 1973, with his final visit being in 2003 when he met Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap at his home in Hanoi.
For many years, the Vietnamese have regarded Castro as a symbol of revolutionary heroism with aspirations to freedom, similar to their own general Vo Nguyen Giap and revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
- Copyright Holder: FILE REUTERS (CAN SELL)
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None