Hanoi, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban diplomats, workers, and students in Vietnam, together with friends of the island in this country, recalled today Jose Marti on his 167th birthday.
In Tao Dan park, where there is a Marti bust and which is a common meeting place between Cuba and Vietnam, attendees renewed their vows of friendship sown by Marti, author of the chronicle ‘A Stroll Through the Land of the Annamites’, and later cultivated by Presidents Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh.
Nguyen Viet Thao, vice president of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association, recalled one of Marti’s phrases – ‘Who rises today for Cuba, rises for all times’- and asserted that 60 years ago, the Vietnamese rose alongside Cubans for all times.
His evocation alluded to the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries to be celebrated on December 2, 2020.
Those white roses, laid at the foot of Marti’s bust ? he said pointing at them ? are a symbol of the unwavering friendship of Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh’s homelands. We will always support Cuba, he said.
On behalf of Cubans who are on a mission in this country, student of Vietnamese Culture and Language Elizabeth Ocaña spoke about the universality of Marti’s thought and principles that made him a symbol of Cuban independence and dignity.
Therefore, for being a symbol of the Revolution, a few counter-revolutionary vandals have tainted his busts and monuments, believing in vain that this way they will erode the foundations of the enduring work that he started, she said.
As it is usual in this kind of events, the meeting did not completely follow its original program and gave way to a warm exchange between Cubans and Vietnamese.