Fidel Castro: 43 years ago on Vietnam's fiercest battlefield

By Hoang Tao   November 27, 2016 | 02:55 pm GMT+7

The former Cuban leader paid his first visit to Vietnam's southern province of Quang Tri in 1973.

Four decades ago, at the height of the Vietnam war, President Fidel Castro set foot on the famous battlefield of Quang Tri on his first visit to Vietnam.

Viva Cuba! Viva Fidel thousands of Vietnamese people flock to the street to welcome President Castro

“Viva Cuba! Viva Fidel” thousands of Vietnamese people flocked to the streets to welcome President Castro.

Cubas leader meets with Vietnamese people. He once claimed that: For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to devote blood.

Cuba's leader meets with Vietnamese people. He once claimed that: "For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to devote blood.”

President Castro and Former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong

President Castro and former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong.

Sympathetic Fidel when he learned how harsh the war has done to Vietnam and how much Vietnamese people have to suffer so far.

A sympathetic Fidel when he learned how harsh the war had been to Vietnam and how much the Vietnamese people had suffered.

President Castro bursts into laughter when being received gifts from Quang Tri farmers

President Castro bursts into laughter after being presented with gifts from Quang Tri farmers.

Cubas giant has a warm-hearted meeting with female guerrilla

Cuba’s giant meets female guerrilla warriors.

In an olive military uniform, President Fidel Castro shakes hands with every single Quang Tri soldiers before he leaves

President Fidel Castro shakes hands with every single Quang Tri soldier.

Comrades, take this all-victorious flag to Saigon, See you in Saigon after the South is liberated!, Fidel Castro said when he left. He visit ended on afternoon September 15, 1973

“Comrades, take this all-victorious flag to Saigon. See you in Saigon after the South is liberated!,” Fidel Castro said when he left. His visit ended on September 15, 1973

On this first visit, President Fidel Castro committed to give Vietnam a hand in constructing facilities including: Victory Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam-Cuba Hospital in Quang Binh Province, Moc Chau cattle ranch in Son La, Luong My poultry breed in Hanoi, and Vietnam – Cuba highway. Cuba also assisted Vietnam with $6 million of equipment and technology and was the biggest supporter of Vietnam in the negotiation to join the United Nations.

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on November 25. He was 90.

Photos by Ho Sy So

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