Ambassador Rivera served as the Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam from 2017 to 2020. She was appointed as Chargé d'affaires of Cuba in the US in March this year.
In his speech, Ambassador Ngoc said the honour shows the recognition and respect of the Party, State and people of Vietnam for important contributions of the Cuban diplomat in strengthening and deepening the traditional and faithful relationship and cooperation between the two Parties, States and people.
On the basis of the fraternal solidarity that has been fostered over the past more than 60 years, and during Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera’s tenure in Vietnam, the relationship between the two countries witnessed fruitful development with a series of bilateral cooperation agreements implemented, and hundreds of all-level visits of the two nations’ leaders arranged, especially General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Cuba in March 2018.
Ambassador Ngoc said he believes that in any position, the ambassador always contributes to the development of the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Cuba.
For her part, Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera expressed her honour to receive Vietnam’s Friendship Order, saying that her three-year tenure in Vietnam was a memorable and proud time.
She expressed her appreciation for the love of Vietnamese people for Cuba and the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two countries, saying that with her family, Vietnam has become their second home.
The ambassador took the occasion to thank the Vietnamese Party and State, as well as close friends who have always actively supported her to perform well her duty, promising that she will do her best to further contribute to the Vietnam - Cuba traditional friendship.