Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived Saturday in the city of Vientiane of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the last destination of his Asia tour. The Cuban foreign ministry, through a series of tweets, highlighted the president’s visit to Laos.
Diaz Canel was welcomed by the President of Laos, Bounnhang Vorachith, at the Ho Kham Presidential Palace where they held official talks.
The countries signed Sports Cooperation Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Sports of Laos and the National Institute of Physical Education and Recreation of Cuba.
The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding on the cooperation between the Bank of the People’s Republic of Laos and the Central Bank of Cuba.
Diaz-Canel met Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith following the meeting with the president.
"The name #Cuba for us means a friend in another sea (...) Your visit to our town is an encouragement to keep fighting, keep working and continue to strengthen relations," said Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Lao in the meeting with Diaz-Canel, according to Cuban foreign ministry.
"El nombre #Cuba para nosotros significa un amigo en otro mar (...) Su visita para nuestro pueblo es un estímulo para seguir luchando, seguir trabajando y seguir fortaleciendo las relaciones", subrayó Thongloun Sisoulith, Primer Ministro de #Lao en el encuentro con @DiazCanelB pic.twitter.com/fO9tna383K— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) November 11, 2018
The Cuban delegation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Commander of National Liberation Forces. The president wrote on Twitter, “We celebrated in #Laos the 50th anniversary of the Commander of the National Liberation Forces. It was in the legendary caves of #Viengxay , where our doctors consolidated the unbreakable friendship of our peoples. #SomosCuba # SomosContinuidad.”
Celebramos en #Laos el 50 aniversario de la Comandancia de las Fuerzas de Liberación nacional. Fue en las legendarias cuevas de #Viengxay, donde nuestros médicos consolidaron la inquebrantable amistad de nuestros pueblos. #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad pic.twitter.com/y8Or9cbk8s— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) November 11, 2018
He also said,”#Viengxay , the name our great dancer bears, is the sacred land of the #Laos people. Cradle of the multiethnic unit and symbol of heroism of #Laos , the most bombed country on the planet. # Cuba proud to have accompanied its resistance. #SomosCuba”
#Viengxay, nombre que lleva la gran bailarina nuestra, es tierra sagrada del pueblo de #Laos. Cuna de la unidad multiétnica y símbolo de heroísmo de #Laos, el país más bombardeado del planeta. #Cuba orgullosa de haber acompañado su resistencia. #SomosCuba— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) November 11, 2018
Two documents - the new Trade Agreement between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Cuba; and the Financial Protocol for the implementation of the fifth stage of the cooperation project on development for the production of rice in Cuba in the period 2019-2023 - were signed between the countries.
This is the second time that a Cuban President visited Laos since the beginning of their diplomatic relations in November 1974. This is also Diaz-Canel’s second visit to Laos, the first time in 2013, as the vice president during Raul Castro’s presidency.