BY THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF VIETNAM
At the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties
(Athens, Greece, 23-25 November 2018)
The Communist Party of Vietnam would like to convey our warmest greetings and solidarity to all comrades from fraternal communist and workers’ parties. It is of great significance that we, communists from all over the world, gather here this year in the city and the country where our Meeting was initiated twenty years ago. Our sincere thanks go to the Communist Party of Greece for hosting this important event and for providing excellent facilities and warm reception and hospitality to us.
It is also a coincidence, comrades, that this year and this very month marks the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of Greece. I, personally and on behalf of the Communist Party of Vietnam, would like to take this precious opportunity to extend heartfelt congratulations to the Communist Party of Greece.
The major theme of our 20th Meeting is on the contemporary working class, its alliance and the tasks of the communist and workers’ parties as the political vanguard of the working class. Marx and Lenin stressed on the importance of an alliance between the proletariat and the peasantry as well as the role of the proletariat in the synchronized struggle of the former and later. Reviewing historical realities and experiences, Marx and Lenin pointed out that the working class’ close alliance with the peasantry, and even other working strata in the society, is a critical and prerequisite condition to successfully carry out its revolutionary struggle and keep power. And to fulfill and accomplish the glorious mission of the working class, Marxist theory points out the role of communist party as the organizer and director of the proletarian struggle, because communists are the most pioneering, most determined, and most organized part of the working class.
More than a hundred years has passed on. The great ideological heritage of Marx and Lenin still sheds light on our today struggle.
Since its inception, the Communist Party of Vietnam and our beloved President Ho Chi Minh of the Vietnamese people have always taken Marxism-Leninism as the guideline for thoughts and action, applied and developed Marxism-Leninism in the concrete conditions of the Vietnamese revolution.
Our Party are determined that the Vietnamese working class must closely shoulder with peasants and intellectuals and act as the core in the great national unity bloc. The great mission of the Vietnamese working class is to become the leader of the revolution as well as the very core of the working class-peasantry-intelligentsia alliance under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
It is stated in the Statue of our Party that the Communist Party of Vietnam is the vanguard of the working class, and at the same time the vanguard of the Vietnamese working people and nation; the loyal representative of the interests of the Vietnamese working class, working people and nation. Advancing to socialism is an aspiration of the Vietnamese people, and a right choice of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh, in conformity with the development trend of the history.
In order to assume properly the leadership role in the cause of the Vietnamese working people and nation, our Party has set forth major tasks for years to come. First, our Party should be strong, politically, ideologically and organizationally; frequently innovate and rectify itself, and strive to improve its intellectual level, political prowess, moral virtues and leadership capacity. Second, we should maintain intra-Party unity, ensure adequate democracy and discipline in Party activities. Third, frequently carry out self-criticism and criticism, combat individualism, opportunism and all practices of division and factionalism; bureaucratism, corruption, wastefulness. Last but not least, the Party should care for forming a contingent of clean cadres and members with ethics, capacity and high combativeness in keeping with the Ho Chi Minh moral example; pays attention to fostering and training the next generation of successors to the revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation.
During our revolutionary career, the Communist Party, the working class and the people of Vietnam have always received enthusiastic, valuable solidarity, support and assistance from communists, working class and progressive people around the world. The great victories of the Vietnamese nation in their revolution under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam associated with the solidarity and support of the working class and the international communist forces. We would like to extend sincere gratitude of the communists, working class and people of Vietnam to the fraternal communist parties, working class and working people from around the world for the valuable solidarity and support they have given to us during our struggle for our national liberation and reunification in the past as well as our present cause of national construction and defense.
I wish the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties great successes.
I wish comrades strength and successes in the struggle ahead. Thank you./.