|Catherine Deroche, Chairwoman of the France - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in the Senate of France, receives the newly-appointed Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang on July 20. (Photo: Baoquocte)|
Catherine Deroche, Chairwoman of the France - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in the Senate of France, made a statement during her reception on July 20 for the newly-appointed Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang. She said that France will continue to support and assist Vietnam in dealing with difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as promoting bilateral relations in many fields, including economic cooperation, education and training, and health care.
Deroche expressed her interest in and sympathy with Vietnam’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges that the country has been facing. She also reaffirmed France's strategic support to Vietnam in calling for respect for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the right to freedom of navigation in the Bien Dong Sea (internationally called the South China Sea).
On this occasion, Deroche asked the ambassador to convey an invitation to the Vietnam - France Friendship Parliamentarians' Group to pay a working visit to France, considering it an opportunity to further develop the bilateral cooperative relations between the two countries, according to VNA.
|Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang. (Photo: VNA)|
For his part, Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang expressed his wish that the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in the French Senate will continue to support Vietnam in increasing cooperative relations between Vietnam and France and the European Union while lobbying for the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), said VOV.
During the meeting, Thang and Deroche reviewed the cooperation between the two countries in the past time and highly appreciated the recent online conversations between leaders of the two countries, considering them as important milestones in creating momentum for the development of Vietnam-France relations.
During the meeting, Thang and Deroche highly appreciated the recent online exchanges between the leaders of the two countries, give fresh impetus to the development of Vietnam - France relations. The two sides agreed to continue coordinating in organizing joint activities, making efforts to promote the exchange of high-level visits and delegations between the National Assembly of Vietnam and the French Senate and prepare for the 12th Vietnam - France locality cooperation conference slated to be held in Hanoi in 2022.
The France - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group in the French Senate, which consists of 30 members, is one of the largest friendship groups with countries in France. The members of the group have carried out many valuable activities to support Vietnam.
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