High-level Political Exchange Drives Vietnam – France Relations
On September 15, the Embassy of Vietnam in France celebrated the 76th anniversary of the August Revolution, the Independence Day of Vietnam and the establishment of Vietnam’s diplomacy sector.
The ceremony was attended by President of France - Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in the Senate Catherine Deroche, President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Stephanie Do and representatives of France – Vietnam Friendship Association, the General Union of the Vietnamese in France, international organizations and embassies of other countries. Some Vietnamese businessmen, intellectuals and people living, working and studying in France also participated in the event.
Ambassador Thang underlined that “Vietnam is proud to have achieved significant political, economic and social accomplishments in the last 7 decades and strengthened the friendship and cooperation with its partners worldwide.”
According to the Ambassador, Vietnam was undergoing major changes in different sectors and had become a full and active member of many regional and international agreements and cooperation agencies. Further, the most recent congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam affirmed the country’s foreign policies of independence, openness and proactive regional and international integration.
|Ambassador of Vietnam to France Dinh Toan Thang speaking at the ceremony to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the August Revolution, the Independence Day of Vietnam and the establishment of Vietnam’s diplomacy sector. Photo: Vietnam+|
Upholding these principles, Vietnam has successfully taken on the role of the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2020 and is currently a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Assessing the France – Vietnam relations, Ambassador Thang expressed his joy toward effective cooperation between Vietnam and French partners, associations and institutions.
In 2023, Vietnam will celebrate 10 years of establishing a strategic partnership with France and 50 years of forming France – Vietnam diplomatic relations.
The ambassador believed that “high-level political exchange in recent months and in the coming time will create new drives to the bilateral relations” and cited a Covid-19 vaccine batch donated by France that arrived in Hanoi some days ago as an example of the vivid relationships between the two countries.
Ambassador Thang also noted he was pleased to witness the continuously evolving ties between Vietnam and leading international organizations headquartered in Paris.
This year, Vietnam and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations. Further, Vietnam is also strengthening its cooperation with the International Organisation of La Francophonie and other members of the organization. Further, the cooperation between Vietnam and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has been producing visible results.
|French friends and the Vietnamese community in France attended the ceremony. Photo: Vietnam+|
The ambassador highlighted that “we are facing immense challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The socioeconomic consequences of this global health crisis are considerable and concerning. They make us care more about sustainable development and environmental protection while reminding us about the importance of international cooperation to overcome the current crisis.”
Ambassador Thang affirmed that Vietnam would continue its policies of peace and cooperation for security, stability and development; conforming to international laws; equality and win-win cooperation; and promoting solidarity to overcome the pandemic and recover socioeconomic development.
“Post-Covid, Vietnam aims to place people at the center of all actions, making the human factor the goal and subject of comprehensive development,” the Ambassador said.
He added that “to achieve this objective, Vietnam is willing to strengthen existing relationships with all partners and create new partnerships for a multilateral cooperation, comprehensive development and mutual trust and responsibility.”
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