July 8 - Cuban President Raul Castro is in Vietnam for a four-day visit to Hanoi aimed at boosting ties between the longtime Communist allies. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Cuban President Raul Castro started a four-day state visit in Hanoi on Sunday (July 8), aimed at boosting ties between the two longtime Communist allies. Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a welcoming ceremony for his Cuban counterpart before the two leaders sat down to talk . Before arriving in Hanoi, Castro had met with Chinese top leaders in Beijing and signed a number of economic agreements. These are Castro's first visits to both China and Vietnam as Cuba's party and state leader. Raul last visited Vietnam in 2005 as defense minister, a title he held from 1959 until he assumed the position of Cuba's President from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008.