Celebrating 50 Years of Vietnam - France Relations
|Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son receives President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher, on June 6, at the Senate headquarters in Paris.|
In the meeting with the French Senate, Minister Bui Thanh Son thanked the leaders of the Senate for taking the time to receive the delegation.
He affirmed that Vietnam always attaches great importance to developing comprehensive relations with France, from government cooperation to parliamentary and Party cooperation.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership, Minister Bui Thanh Son suggested the two countries continue to further promote friendly exchanges and cooperation in all fields.
Minister Bui Thanh Son also conveyed greetings from National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue to President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher. He emphasized the good results of the recent visit to Vietnam by the President of the French Senate.
The leader of the French Senate, Gérard Larcher, welcomed the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership.
He emphasized the closeness between the two peoples and believed that this visit to France by Minister Bui Thanh Son would contribute to bringing the France-Vietnam strategic partnership into depth and practicality.
Senate President Gérard Larcher appreciated the recent 12th Vietnam-France decentralized cooperation conference in Hanoi, considering it an important cooperation channel to enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
He expected the two sides to closely coordinate, effectively implement economic projects and expand cooperation in potential areas such as green transition and response to climate change.
He also affirmed that France recognizes Vietnam's proposal to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to work, study and live in France, promoting the role of a bridge between the two countries.
|Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son writes in the gold book of the French Senate.|
The two sides agreed to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, especially through the exchange of delegations at all levels, close coordination and mutual support at regional and international forums, promoting the activities of the two countries' Parliamentary Groups.
They agreed to promote Vietnam-France economic cooperation, an important pillar in the strategic partnership and still have great potential for cooperation, and continue to effectively implement the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Leaders of the French Senate acknowledged Vietnam's request for early ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in order to maximize the potential for cooperation between the two countries in the investment field. Vietnam wanted to push the European Commission (EC) to soon remove the EC's IUU yellow card warning for Vietnamese seafood products.
The two sides agreed to coordinate and organize activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France in the fields of culture, education and health.
The two countries also affirmed to continue working closely at multilateral forums, especially at the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the Francophonie, to promote cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
They emphasized the importance of further tightening cooperation between Vietnam and France in response to regional and global issues, especially in ensuring freedom, security and safety of navigation and aviation, maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, settling disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
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