Vietnam sends message of solidarity on anniversary of Salvador Allende’s election

Friday, 2020-10-16 18:04:17
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NDO/VNA - Hoang Binh Quan, Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, cabled a message of solidarity to the Sao Paulo forum on the occasion of its virtual event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the victory of Salvador Allende and his Popular Unity political alliance in the 1970 Chilean presidential election.

In his message to the commemoration, held on October 15, Quan said Allende’s sacrifice continues to be a source of encouragement for the common fight of progressive left-wing forces in Latin America and the world.

It has created a trust in victory in the fight for peace, independence, life, democracy, social progress, cooperation, and development, he added.

He stressed that to the Vietnamese people, the late Chilean President remains a symbol of international support for Vietnam during the country’s past struggles for national independence.

Allende was a friend and comrade of the Vietnamese people and the last foreign politician to meet President Ho Chi Minh, in May 1969, Quan noted.

He said Allende played a key role in laying the foundation for diplomatic relations between the two countries as well as between the CPV and Chile’s Socialist Party and progressive left-wing forces.

Allende is often recalled as one of the most progressive Chilean presidents. His tenure led to falling unemployment, progress in agricultural reform, and the nationalisation of the copper industry, among other achievements.