HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The leaders of Vietnam and Cuba on Friday pledged to deepen relations between two of the world’s few remaining communist countries.

President Nguyen Phu Trong and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel witnessed the signing of trade and finance agreements after an hour-long talk behind closed doors in Hanoi.Speaking at a joint news conference, Trong, who is also the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, said “Vietnam and Cuba will continue close and comprehensive cooperation ... and deepen exemplary fraternal relations.”

Trong said he and the Cuban president discussed measures to deepen ties in defense, security and diplomacy and enhance cooperation in agriculture, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical sector, medicine, education, science and people-to-people exchanges.

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