In continuing solidarity, Vietnam sent 1000 tons of rice to Cuba to help in the continuing repairs against the damages caused by September’s Category 5 storm, Hurricane Irma.
The symbolic handover ceremony took place in Haiphong, North Vietnam, the same place where during the Asian country’s liberation war, it received sugar and other supplies from Cuba.
Shortly after Irma struck, Vietnamese leaders, including Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent letters of condolences and solidarity to the Cuban people and government.
Despite the internal devastation, Cuba had dispatched 771 physicians to several Caribbean islands in the wake of the tropical storm's destruction.
Vietnam’s shipment of rice has taken place while Vietnam itself continues to experience deadly typhoons and floods that have killed more than 106 people. Several dozens more are still missing, with thousands of people having been forced to evacuate.
Early this month, Cuban President Raul Castro had sent a message of solidarity to the country saying, "On behalf of the Communist Party, government and people of Cuba, I extend the deepest condolences for the human and material losses suffered after the floods and landslides, caused by the heavy rains that affected several provinces in the northern region of the country."