The Mexican Labour Party on June 15 handed over a statue of President Ho Chi Minh to Vietnam as a gift on the occasion of his 121st birthday (May 19) and the 100th anniversary of the day he went abroad to seek a path to national salvation.
Present at the event were Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and permanent member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Secretariat, Alberto Anaya Gutierrez, Secretary General of the Mexican Labour Party, and representatives from the two countries’ ministries and agencies.
The bronze statue capturing the late President’s image while he was working in the flower garden at the Presidential Palace was made by Mexican sculptor Pedro Ramirez Ponzanell, who also sculpted the life-size statue of President Ho Chi Minh standing at the History Centre of Mexico City in 2009.
Addressing the ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, the Mexican Labour Party Chief said that the gift manifested the affection of Mexican Labour Party members for the beloved Vietnamese President, a hero of national liberation and an international soldier who made great contributions to communist and labour movements.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai underlined the significance of the gift, which, he said, would further enhance the friendship, cooperation and comprehensive partnership between the two countries.