Cuban President Visits Legendary Tunnels in Vietnam

Hanoi, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel toured on Saturday the tunnels of Cu Chi, a monumental underground guerrilla system on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam.

‘We grew up in Cuba listening to this story and learned to love, respect and admire Vietnam,’ the President wrote in the guestbook.

Diaz-Canel emphasized that the ingenious shelters reveal ‘the talent, intelligence, tenacity, perseverance, cunning, and courage of the heroic people of Vietnam’ in the face of U.S. aggression, and he thanked the example.

The Cu Chi tunnels were not only used by Vietnamese guerrillas to protect themselves from U.S. bombing, but also as communication routes and stores for weapons and military supplies.

Several meters underground they set up schools and hospitals where they cured their wounded and even dozens of children were born who only went outside much later.

Yesterday, on the first day of his official and friendly visit to Vietnam, President Diaz-Canel covered an intense agenda that included meetings with the country’s top leaders.

This Saturday he traveled to Ho Chi Minh City (about 1,760 kilometers south of Hanoi), the most populous city in Vietnam and its main economic, industrial and financial center.

His program also includes a meeting with the leaders of the Communist Party in Ho Chi Minh City and a visit to the Reunification Hall.

Tonight he will travel to the neighboring Lao People’s Democratic Republic at the invitation of President Bounnhang Vorachit.

He will make an official visit there on Sunday 11.

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